The cutest corvid? - and probably the smartest
Specifically mentioned was the allegedly-'fake' fact that some people (including myself) are saying that these are no ordinary Jackdaws: not naturally-evolved Jackdaws, but instead corvids that show evidence of having had their genetic programming weaponised.
My tentative understanding already was that the weaponisation of Jackdaws is a factual-fact, rather than a fake-fact (based on both public and private information); now I am sure the fact is real (not fake). These plague birds are not your common or garden Jackdaws!
That real-factual-fact does not affect, either way, the severity of the plague - which remains sub-significant by one or two orders of magnitude, and in quality; nonetheless, it is probably something that is worth taking into account.
This is how the modern UK government deals with inconvenient realities; it is the way managers always deal with inconvenient realities. We may confidently expect that the very-real problems due to the manipulated-reaction to the manufactured-crisis will be dealt-with likewise.
That is to say: real problems with bionic-Jackdaws, and with the panic-justified response to the proliferation of engineered-attack-corvids in general, will be managed-away - rather than actually cured. And this managing away will contrive to be authoritarian, coercive, entailing increased surveillance and control... in one word totalitarian.