I have to say I agree with this slightly unconventional point of view – evidence based as it is:
I’m not at all suggesting herd immunity is correct for even the ‘Economist’ submits:
It is not clear that this high death rate bought Sweden any immediate economic advantage. Its GDP dropped in the second quarter in much the same way as GDPs did elsewhere.
What I find especially calamitous is the current government’s inability to use and build up the local authority test, trace and isolate service purely on the basis of their own ideological lack of control.
I agree with Adam Lent of the Local Government Chronicle that:
In truth, the last few months have simply revealed in stark and accelerated form how Westminster and Whitehall have spent decades weakening the country and dissolving trust in democracy in the name of central control.
The concept that centralisation is best, when what evidence there is – and indeed British history, which as the world’s first industrial economy, has much experience of pandemics, and which were usually caused by disastrous living conditions – suggests that local is best.
Perhaps it is unwise to think our government has any knowledge of history.
So I suggest data is key. And testing is key.
As we progress into autumn and winter, we are likely to be in flu’ territory if not actually now then very shortly – when every flu’ symptom is potentially, without proper testing, confused for Covid-19. We will then be indeed probably now are, in a state of complete disorientation.
The Tories want to preserve their precious economy – but ironically for them – and disastrously for us – their neoliberal and privatised measures to endeavour to control the virus are actually self defeating.
They need to hone in on the result required not the ideological method of delivering it.
And now we seem to have the ideology and yet no money for local authorities.