Today’s Story – Brexit Will Kill Small Children!


In fact, Brexit will kill small children with cancer! Their livers will explode from the influence of there being a Farage in the corridors of power. Or something.

This is the implication of all of this:

No-deal Brexit could hit cancer trials that save children’s lives
UK researchers fear being blocked from EU-wide testing of treatments for diseases including rare childhood cancers

Note what they say – UK researchers won’t be part of the trials. Note what people will read – Brexit will cause kiddies to die of cancer. CANCER. KIDDIES!

These aren’t quite the same thing which just shows that there’s a certain art to writing propaganda.

Leading medical researchers have warned that their efforts to find new cancer treatments are likely to suffer major setbacks if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

We read – we’ll not find the cure for Kiddie Cancer. They say that we won’t be able to do the work without pointing out that everyone else will just get on with it anyway.

However, scientists recently set up international studies with hospitals in other European countries as part of the Phitt project. This will provide more patients, so scientists can set up trials involving hundreds of individuals and try out different chemotherapy regimes. It is hoped that Phitt will produce results within five years, leading to major improvements in treating childhood liver cancer. But the prospect of studies of this kind being set up to improve treatments for other cancers has been put in jeopardy by the threat of a no-deal Brexit. EU science funding would be likely to dry up for British scientists, and while the UK government has promised to make up the loss, medical researchers would still find themselves unable to collaborate so easily with European colleagues on projects such as Phitt and Chiltern.

This point was supported by Greenwood, who said Cancer Research UK feared the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on cancer patients could be considerable. “It is going to become harder and harder to keep studies going and, even worse, to set up new studies to look at cancers that have not been tackled yet.”

Reality is that with a deal 28 countries can cooperate. Without one 27 can. The chance of finding the cure doesn’t drop much with that marginal effect – if at all. And here’s the thing about medical treatments. Once its found anyone can use it. We don’t actually need to be part of the research effort to use the cure that is.

But, you know, any propaganda to put into the newspapers, eh?