Londoner’s Diary: LBC’s Iain Dale aims a jab at colleague Maajid Nawaz over Covid boosters jabs

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Maajid Nawaz   (Maajid Nawaz  )
Maajid Nawaz (Maajid Nawaz )

UNHAPPY times at LBC, where coronavirus is causing public dissension between its presenters. Iain Dale began a war of words with his radio colleague Maajid Nawaz last night, accusing Nawaz of spreading “deranged rubbish” about the pandemic. Nawaz had questioned the use of the Covid booster.

Dale, who presents an evening show during the week, wrote online: “Enough… it’s dangerously irresponsible to tweet this kind of deranged rubbish.” He accused Nawaz of aiming to “sow seeds of doubt in people’s minds” and said: “What is more dangerous is not to have the jabs. Given you’ve had them, why do you tweet this garbage?”

Nawaz, who presents a weekend show, didn’t directly respond to the substance of Dale’s words. However, he did mock Dale for calling him dangerous, saying “Thuglife”. He also said that those denouncing him were “unable to respond to any of the substance or points raised”.

Nawaz has previously been criticised for sharing conspiracy theories over the pandemic and US election fraud. He is vaccinated but says he won’t get the booster. The Londoner contacted LBC for comment.

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Jess Buckley (Getty Images for BFI)
Jess Buckley (Getty Images for BFI)

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Carey refuses her Christmas crown

Mariah Carey (Mariah Carey)
Mariah Carey (Mariah Carey)

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Health chief plays his Trump card

David Nabarro (AFP via Getty Images)
David Nabarro (AFP via Getty Images)

HOW deep does the World Health Organisation’s beef with Donald Trump go? The former US president tried to pull out of the WHO last year after claiming it was under the sway of China. Last night, The Londoner glimpsed the other side of the story. David Nabarro, the WHO’s special envoy on Covid-19, was giving a How To Academy talk on the virus. But when describing a monoclonal antibody taken by Trump to fight Covid, Nabarro would only say: “One of them is quite famous, [it] was used by a North American world leader when that leader got Covid last year.” He who shall not be named.

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the panto we go

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