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Planet Normal: Matt Ridley on why the Wuhan lab leak theory must be taken more seriously


Podcast series from the UK Telegraph, hosted by economist and columnist Liam Halligan and co-host columnist Alison Pearson, looking at issues of the moment.

November 25, 2021

Another seven days on Planet Normal means another ‘numpty of the week’ and this time our very own Prime Minister is a hot contender. Liam tells listeners why he thinks Boris Johnson is ‘winging it’, while Allison worries that the PM has been taking writing tips from his infant son following his recent chaotic speech at the CBI conference. But will Sir Keir Starmer’s popularity surge as Boris Johnson’s dwindles? Or would that be all too… normal?

Also on the podcast: award-winning science writer Matt Ridley boards the rocket to tell our co-pilots why he’s spent months investigating the origins of Covid-19. He tells us why swift and widespread dismissal of the Wuhan lab leak theory was a ‘shocking episode in the history of science’, and proposes his solution to see health information shared more quickly, fully and globally.

Plus, the Great British Bake Off causes a stir as our co-pilots reveal who they would have crowned champion.

He tells Allison and Liam why he believes the problem is ‘systemic’, with institutions throwing ‘academic principles and common sense out of the window’. And brace yourselves, co-pilot Halligan treats listeners to a special musical performance… Read more from Allison Pearson:… Read more from Liam Halligan:….

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