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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 15 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

According to this Observer article,

One leading British expert, Professor John Oxford, commenting on the new research, said the virus had broken down the ‘final door’ which prevented it being spread between people. ‘This is a very important step towards the conclusion that we all wanted to avoid,’ he said.

I have told you that this is going to be a big story. It could have absolutely devastating worldwide consequences, and millions could die. Despite this:

A flu drug, Tamiflu, works as a preventive measure, but the UK has not yet decide how much of this drug to stockpile.

I really think it’s time Mr Blair and co got their thinking caps on. Unless, of course, they want to see this kind of case study repeated across our country:

Her mother, who lived in Bangkok, went to visit when she heard her daughter was sick, and cared for her in hospital for two days before the child died. Three days later, she too began to experience fever and severe shortness of breath. Within a week she too was dead.

The time to act is now.

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