Lancet is one of the best-known medical journals in the world. It was
started in the 1820s by Thomas Wakley. He was involved in the
campaign for parliamentary reform, for an extension of the vote and
the abolition of slavery. Elected an MP in 1835, his maiden speech
was in defence of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. When their freedom was
celebrated Wakley was made the guest of honour. One of his last
campaigns as Editor was against adulteration of foodstuffs.
do with him today, but wait a minute today’s Lancet Editor is
Richard Horton. Here are his three most recent tweets.
don’t understand the passivity of my fellow countrymen and
countrywomen. Why are you not more angry? Why are you allowing this
government to orchestrate the deaths of your citizens, your families,
your neighbours? This is a mass delusion. Resist. Resist. Rebel.
don’t need satire. We don’t need humour. We don’t need mockery.
We need organisation. We need alternatives. We need rebellion.
Against a government that has fostered corruption, collusion, and
criminality. A government that has presided over the avoidable deaths
40,000 mostly preventable deaths in the UK caused by the most
appalling failure of government. Why aren’t people protesting more?
We are living through a humanitarian catastrophe. And yet no
accountability. Britain feels truly broken.