Of course, it was nonsense. And those who believed it were shown to be scientifically illiterate, religiously insane and lacking a sense of humour.
So what do we make a new law about to voted upon in the UK which declares that we - judges, barristers, MPs, citizens, all of us - must now accept that Rwanda is a safe place to live?
How do we know this? Because the government is about to pass a law which dictates exactly this.
The state of our nation, and the shambles which is our politics, have come to this.
We must accept that black is white, that the moon is made of cheese, that Rwanda is safe.
Now you would think that the Labour party and the LibDems etc etc would be up in arms, leading a nationwide revolt against the proposed legislation.
Most of the rebellion, that is to say most of the most effective opposition, comes from within the governing party itself.
It's the Tories. It's Rees-Mogg. It's Truss. It's Braverman. It's that arsehole from Stoke who is the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative party.
For some reason, the most egregiously right wing piece of legislation in decades is, for some members of the Conservative party, not sufficiently egregiously right wing at all.
We are told we must ignore the law. And those who tell us this are deputy chairmen of the Tory party.
They have no morality, no ethics, no honesty.
Today from the everysmith vaults: A very short piece which I heard on the Third programme a few weeks ago and have managed to track down. It is a piece called Shelter Island by the violinist Randall Goosby. Need to hear more from this guy.