When History judges whether lockdowns were the solution or a harmful way of dealing with Covid, History will have sight of the facts and will have had time to chew through the data. The cold light of day is far from the chaos of the offices of Prime Ministers and Presidents when their citizens started dropping like flies and there were oxygen and hospital bed shortages. Were those who died from cancer during the pandemic going to die anyway? What do suicide numbers look like? What are the long-term effects of children being off school for so long? Only time can judge these variables and determine a result.
I am no Covid expert and so have stayed clear of the protests of those who have interpreted UK Government Covid reactions as a swoop on freedoms. There are some very bright people, who are friends, who still believe that Covid presented the State with a great opportunity to steal liberties and then reset the world in a dominating way. I am not with them. Those I know in government in Britain are not statist types and will roll back any nicked freedoms as soon as they can.
Nor am I someone who believes that scientists are always right. This pandemic has shown that scientists argue over data all the time – between themselves and with decision makers. There is rarely black or white, mostly grey. “The science says” is no longer such a great way of starting a sentence. Frankly, I think some of the scientists are shocked that anyone in power is taking them seriously at all and so they have grown somewhat big-headed as a consequence. No doubt they will slip back into irrelevance when the pandemic subsides.
I suspect lockdown 1 was necessary, lockdown 2 came a bit too late and so was maybe half-right. Since then lockdowns have been utterly pointless. The vaccination campaign has been a mighty success – without it we’d be in all kinds of trouble – and those scientists who were focused on it are just the kind of scientists we need more of.
As for Covid, do go away. You’re a pain in the butt. Your negatives far outweighed any positives. Now ship out.