Dear Ms Viner,
I am writing to you somewhat retrospectively to ask for some explanation of the Guardian’s unsigned editorial last month The Guardian view on vaccinations: a matter of public health  which was both an attempt to jockey opinion and a blatant attempt to mislead. The issue as presented was that compulsory vaccination was a necessary step, because certain bad people labelled collectively “anti-vaxxers” were gaining too much influence. This in effect bundled together all critics of the programme and the vaccine lobby as bad people (frequently apparently wealthy people like Gwyneth Paltrow) and allegedly all free-loaders on the system, rather than as many are people who vaccinated their children and rue the day. Moreover, the cited authority on this was not scientific literature but the comedian TV presenter, John Oliver. This is scarcely the material of respectable argument.
Even the illustration of protesters in Italy demonstrates the distortion of the issue. In Italy – unreported by your newspaper as far as I know – tens of thousands of citizens have been turning out weekly on the streets not to demand the banning of vaccines, which you might suppose would be what an “anti-vaxxer” wanted, but the right to have some choice over what their children were vaccinated with and when. This had been provoked by legislation following an agreement between the Italian government and GlaxoSmithKline in which investment in Italy was made contingent on the government creating a captive market. The CEO of GSK Italy, Daniel Finnochiaro, is reported on an industry website as saying :
“…I also met with Minister Lorenzin and other members of the government who reiterated the sensitivity of the government towards those who invest, create jobs and opportunities for young people. In short, we started on the right foot.
“Such sensitivity in the Roman palaces is not to be dismissed. As for us, Andrew Witty has asked for a few things: clear rules and stability in return for strong investment in advanced research and production equipment. We were of one intent.”
It may be remarked that without the prospect of forced vaccination there would have been no demonstrators at all, and what actually seems to be happening is that the vaccine industry is picking fights with citizens using such proxies as the Italian government and the Guardian newspaper. It is evident that whatever the arguments are for compulsory vaccination that a competent newspaper, informing its readership, should report that it is actually the industry - the people selling the products - making the running.
Although we should not take the events surrounding the career eclipse of Andrew Wakefield at face value , it is a shoddy argument that if one line of research about one product has been discredited that all the products can be supposed safe. That such an argument could be deployed by a “serious” newspaper again beggars belief (although it has become a cynical and lazy resort of the vaccine lobby). It should also be noted that British health officials have repeatedly deployed false arguments about the safety of the expanded schedule citing the flawed and fraudulent ‘spare capacity’ arguments of Paul Offit .
But what really highlights the wilful incompetence of your newspaper is the problem that among children neurodevelopment problems like autism and ADHD are becoming – in correlation with the expanding vaccine programme - a much bigger problem than infectious disease [5,6,7]. When the Observer newspaper highlighted the problem of the rising tide of autism ahead of the General Medical Council hearing against Wakefield and colleagues in 2007 – citing an unpublished paper by Baron-Cohen et al which had discovered a rate of 1 in 58 in Cambridgeshire school children - the article was attacked in house by Ben Goldacre, a denial was printed from Prof Baron-Cohen and the newspaper was ambushed by Fiona Fox and Science Media Centre. Shortly after this humiliating event the newspaper’s editor, Roger Alton, lost his job, but it was Baron-Cohen who was being “economical with the truth”: less than a year later he told the IMFAR conference that figure was around 1 in 60, virtually the same figure he had previously denied . But by now the figure has rocketed well beyond this point, and may well - although only indirectly reported in the mainstream media – be as high as 1 in 10 London  . Meanwhile, the Guardian continues to connive at the bureaucratic cover up [9, 10].
Your newspaper has a disgraceful history but what is most disgraceful of all is your attempt to close down legitimate public discussion with hate-rhetoric. I believe you will live for this to haunt you. The only reason we have all this talk of "fake news" is because of the professional and ethical collapse of those we used to rely on to report "real news".
 Editorial: The Guardian view on vaccination: a matter of public health, The Guardian 7 July 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/07/the-guardian-view-on-vaccinations-a-matter-of-public-health#_=_
 John Stone, The British Government, the Murdochs, Prof Pollard and and the GSK Takeover in Italy, Age of Autism 21 June 2017, http://www.ageofautism.com/2017/06/the-british-government-the-murdochs-prof-pollard-and-the-gsk-takeover-in-italy.html
 John Stone, The British Establishment in Ethical Collapse Over Vaccine Damage, Age of Autism 1 August 2017 http://www.ageofautism.com/2017/08/the-british-establishment-in-ethical-collapse-over-vaccine-damage.html
 John Stone, Paul Offit’s 10,000 Vaccine Doctrine and the Deception of Every Child By Two, Age of Autism, 13 March 2017 http://www.ageofautism.com/2017/03/paul-offits-10000-vaccine-doctrine-and-deception-on-every-child-by-two.html
 John Stone, Re: US government website for collecting adverse events after vaccination is inaccessible to most users, BMJ Rapid Responses, 29 May 2107 http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j2449/rr-5
 John Stone, The Shadow War on Disease: Unaccountable and Oppressive Medicine, BMJ Rapid Responses, 3 July 2017, http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j2449/rr-13
 John Stone, The writing is on the wall, BMJ Rapid Responses19 July 2017 http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j2449/rr-16
 John Stone, Swept Aside: an Unpublished Submission to the Leveson Inquiry about Science Journalism, http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/12/leveson-inquiry-submission.html
 John Stone, The True Data Revealed, Adult Autism Data Fabrication in the UK Part 3, Age of Autism 16 February 2016, http://www.ageofautism.com/2016/02/the-true-data-revealed-adult-autism-data-fabrication-in-the-united-kingdom-part-3.html
 John Stone, Guardian Health Editor Sarah Boseley's Little Problem, Age of Autism 17 August 2016, http://www.ageofautism.com/2016/08/guardian-health-editor-sarah-boselys-little-problem.html
John Stone, UK Editior, Age of Autism.