Where the lockdown debate should go next

Editor’s note: While Boggart Blog’s contributors feel this is a good article and makes many important points we would like to point out that we are not in agreement with the author’s opening line which expresses the opinion that lockdown sceptics have lost the debate about whether lockdowns have been beneficial in protecting people from a non deadly disease that the majority of us will never develop, or have inflicted deep and permanent economic and social damage on our nation.
From the outset, in our opinion, lockdowns have been totally ineffective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and damaing to all aspects of national life. Presumably the authors opinion is based on a recent opinion poll conducted by You Gov, a company that has always prioritised its committment to leftist and globalist causes over unbiased analysis.
Having said that, firstly we all know how accurate polling is and second, , were a poll to be taken in the north and midlands we’re sure a very different picture would emerge.

With public support firmly on the side of lockdowns, how can our freedoms prevail once again? Our liberties need reclaiming and the go-to government solution of a lockdown needs urgent reassessment, argues Tom Hewitt in Comment Central.

Lockdown sceptics have lost. I know this because I’m one of them.

My opposition has generally been motivated by three factors. Firstly, a philosophical belief that there should be a very high bar for the state to put restraints on our basic civil liberties, with a fear freedoms are not easily returned once given up. Secondly, a concern that that the harms of lockdown have not been equally shared across society, with the young disproportionately suffering. Thirdly, a scepticism towards some of the arguments presented by the government in favour of lockdown, with a shifting of the goalposts away from protecting NHS capacity, towards trying to minimise infection rates at seemingly any cost.

Unfortunately, on all these fronts, it has long been apparent that the majority of the public simply don’t agree, with some of the highest support for authoritarian measures in the UK of pretty much any nation. Despite much World War Two-inspired rhetoric about the British people’s love of freedom, once in a crisis, like most national myths, this has swiftly been shown to be untrue. As a result, if we are ever to get out of this dystopia, the strategy is going to have to change … Continue reading >>>

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