Sunday, April 09, 2006
Ed Vaizey is Right About Bird Flu
Conservative Central Office is "distancing itself" over comments made by my old friend Ed Vaizey on Adam Boulton's Sky programme this morning. Ed said he had "no worries at all" about bird flu and called alarmist headlines "ridiculous". He went on: "I don't know whether I am going off-message or not and I will say it from a personal basis. I have no worries at all about bird flu...I have no worries about it at all. Headlines about 100,000 people dying are completely ridiculous." A Conservative Party spokeswoman said: "I would say that is not the official line. Obviously our concerns remain and this is not something we would endorse." Vaizey said the only people who had died from bird flu were Asian farmers who lived in very close proximity with their birds. I smell the whiff of a New Labour diversionary tactic with bird flu. Ramp up the dangers to deflect the media from the constant rowing between Blair and Brown. Even Roy Hattersley seems to agree that this rowing is destroying the Party. The lesson from this is clear. If CCO hadn't commented there wouldn't have been a story.