I knew rap beefs were part of the job when I became chief medical officer, says Professor Chris Whitty

PROFESSOR Chris Whitty has admitted that he knew Twitter beefs with American rappers were part of the job when he became chief medical officer. 

Whitty, who has beef with Nicki Minaj because of her misleading tweet about her cousin’s friend’s vaccine swollen testicle wedding cancellation, confirmed that this kind of thing is simply par for the course.

He said: “Being chief medical officer isn’t just telling people how many units they can drink a week. Only the naive believe that.

“No, it’s making weekly TV appearances, it’s becoming the national face of a pandemic for coming on two years now, it’s being hassled in the street for selfies with knobheads, and of course it’s engaging in transatlantic rap battles with hip-hop queens.

“Once you’ve announced a mass youth vaccination programme just to keep school attendance up nothing’s beyond your remit. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m putting barbiturates in the water supply to keep you all docile by Christmas.

“So yes, I have beef with Nicki. And I will of course be acting on that in the traditional fashion by recording a diss track with Ghetts, Stefflon Don and Aitch, under my rap name Prof Crizz Whizzy.

“This is all perfectly normal and what I signed up for. I expect I’ll be Christmas number one.”

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New Coronation Street storyline to raise awareness about being Northern

SOAP opera Coronation Street is to tackle the emotive issue of being Northern in a new storyline, it has emerged.

The Manchester-set show has long explored complex social issues like divorce, racism, serial killing and tram crashes. Now they hope to examine the plight of Northerners in a hard-hitting look at one of society’s taboos.

Showrunner Joanna Kramer explained: “Historically we’ve not shied away from controversy. But we’ve always been scared to take on an issue that divides the country.

“I’m from Suffolk, which is a nice place, so I was wilfully ignorant of what Northern people go through. We have a duty to use our prime-time platform to explore what it’s really like to use short As, eat pies daily and talk to strangers on public transport.

“It’s an unflinching portrayal of a national problem and it will upset a few people. But many people have a Northerner in their life, and I think they’ll be touched to see them represented on screen.”

Viewer Sue Traherne said: “It’s sensationalism for sensationalism’s sake. Neither myself or Derek shall be watching. I don’t pay my TV licence for this.”