I never apologised Nigel Farage wades into Sajid Javid apologising for cower tweet
Nigel Farage jokes about 'never' apologising
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The health secretary apologised on Sunday after he tweeted to his 246,000 followers that he had recovered from coronavirus and told people not to “cower” from the virus. In Sunday’s Political Correctness segment of GB News, Nigel Farage defended the tweet, which has now been deleted, and argued he never apologised for anything.
As GB News updated viewers of the breaking news that the secretary had apologised following a backlash, writer Paul Embery said it wasn’t as important an issue as some have made out.
This prompted Farage to ask Arlene Foster: “Does it look a bit weak to apologise?”
“I have to say I agree with Paul on this,” the former First Minister of Northern Ireland replied.
“Because people pour over what you Tweet. It’s got to the stage now where I am tweeting, I go over it and over it and over it again to see if anybody can take anything out of it.
“And I think we’ve all fallen for that in the past, where we say something and people take different meanings out of it and it becomes a whole story then for a couple of days.
“Actually, I think what he was trying to say was ‘we have to live with this virus, the vaccine is there let’s get on with out lives’, I think that’s basically what he was trying to say.”
“I do, too,” Farage interjected, before adding: “I don’t think I ever apologised for anything.”
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Javid wrote: “I’ve deleted a tweet which used the word ‘cower’.
“I was expressing gratitude that the vaccines help us fight back as a society, but it was a poor choice of word and I sincerely apologise.
“Like many, I have lost loved ones to this awful virus and would never minimise its impact.”
Replying to the Tweet, one person commented: “It just beggars belief you would use a word like ‘cower’.”
Another said: “He’s backing down because of the backlash. He meant every word. Their strategy is to try to get to ‘herd immunity’ partly through infection. He doesn’t want people to cower because he wants them to get infected. He won’t even mandate masks.”
“Don’t worry Sajid. You used one word to encourage us not to be frightened, one word to encourage us to fight this virus, one word to inspire strength. And you are ridiculed for it. Typical response from “Offended Britain”,” a third argued.
The original post on Twitter prompted a significant response from people who felt the comment was insensitive.
The now-deleted post read: “Full recovery from Covid a week after testing positive.
“Symptoms were very mild, thanks to amazing vaccines. Please – if you haven’t yet – get your jab, as we learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus.”
The secretary replaced Matt Hancock last month after the latter stood down.
He tested positive for the virus on July 17 and spent a week in self isolation.
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