Mike Graham rips up Guardian over test and trace claim

Friday, June 5, 2020

talkRADIO’s Mike Graham has once again ripped up his copy of the Guardian, accusing it of manipulating information on the government’s test and trace scheme.

The newspaper had said in its headline that NHS Test and Trace would not be “fully operational” until September and the article then quoted the programme’s chief operating officer, Tony Prestedge, addressing the contact tracing app.

He said: “I'm sure when Dido [Harding, the scheme's chief executive] announces this service later she will make clear that it is an imperfect service at launch that we will improve over time and make it world-class by the time that we are moving twoards the September or October time.”

Mike said the difference between the system being operational and being world-class meant the Guardian had “twisted the facts and got it completely wrong.”

Tearing the paper to pieces live on air, he added: “Absolutely and utterly ridiculous. I’m going to just continue to rip this paper up because it is an absolute shambles, it is a disgrace.”

NHS Test and Trace was launched at the start of June but the contact tracing app, which alerts users when they have been in close contact with Covid-19, is not set to be rolled out until the end of the month.

Boris Johnson told MPs on May 20 the test and trace operation would be “world-beating” and in place by June 1.

Meanwhile, Mike also criticised demonstrators for performing a so-called “die-in” outside Dominic Cummings’ house to protest the government’s response to the pandemic.

It comes two weeks after the news broke that chief adviser the Prime Minister’s chief adviser had driven from London to County Durham during lockdown.

Mike responded: “I mean, really? Is that the best you can do?”

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