Not a lot of Yapp

Sarah Yapp is the Green Party candidate for Rayleigh and Wickford.

Yesterday she tweeted this:

Sarah Yapp @WisdomDew
30% rise in death rates…..apparently due to the flu…but they dont know for sure why …WHY NOT? surely they…

You can imagine my alarm, especially as I had heard nothing about this. So I decided to check out the link, only discover that the Facebook entry it directed me to had been deleted.

Could it be that Ms Yapp had written something rather silly, and upon realising her error had deleted the Facebook entry? If you are going to tidy up you ought to remember your Twitter feed too.

Still, I doubt it was a scaremongering entry, or something written without foundation in fact. Whatever it was I am never going to find out.

Purely out of curiosity I decided to see what her website ( was all about. Unfortunately this was another duff link – Firefox can’t find the server at

Curiously, a 30% rise in yap gives us ‘Yapp’.



4 Responses to Not a lot of Yapp

  1. Searching BBC News will give you:

    Death rate running third higher – ONS

    The current death rate in England and Wales is running about one-third higher than its normal rate for this time of year, official statistics show.

    In the two weeks ending on 23 January, 28,000 people died, the Office for National Statistics figures show.

    Over the previous five years, the average number of deaths for the same period stood at about 21,000.

    Experts say flu could be the driving force, as this winter’s prevalent strain particularly hits the elderly.

    Prof John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England (PHE), which monitors death rates, said there had been a substantial increase in the numbers since Christmas.

    It was also on Newsnight lastnight.

  2. Which makes the removal of the post all the more puzzling. If she has legitimate concerns, based on real data, then it should be aired.

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