CORONAVIRUS | THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM


This is the second post in a mini-series of three. In the first post I wanted to scope out what I thought could be the Covid-19 worst-case scenario. In this post I want to build on that theme to understand if the worst-case scenario is more or less likely to unfold. I’ve written this in the context of developments over the past two weeks and, in particular, the Prime Minister’s statement in the House of Commons on Monday 11 May. Warning: in this post I use some politically-incorrect turns of phrase and sprinklings of military, ie black humour. I’m a fully paid-up member of the Free Speech Union by the way 😉

Our Plan to Rebuild

We must acknowledge that life will be different …

On 11 May the British government published its ‘Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy’. I’ve read every word of its 51 pages. It’s pretty depressing stuff; indeed, in many ways it’s a counsel of despair. In essence, the Plan says that we must live a nigh dystopian existence until a Covid-19 vaccine is developed. However, the Plan informs us that a vaccine might never be developed. The Plan then has no answers other than to predict the extension of dystopia ‘for the foreseeable future’, but with some technology (test, trace, isolate) thrown in potentially to mitigate the dystopian arrangements. The Plan assumes that developing herd immunity per se is unacceptable because, tacitly, that would mean accepting people dying of Covid-19 – and that is unacceptable. As I write this post, 31,855 British people have died of or with Covid-19 present at the time of death in the two months since 6 March. Bear in mind that about 100,000 people die every two months in the UK normally. A proportion of those 31,855 Covid-19 victims would have died anyway in the past two months, per the normal average. However, in terms of the coronavirus specifically, circa 0.05% of the UK population have thus far died of or with Covid-19. The government’s reaction to this arguable existential health threat to the United Kingdom has been summarily to close down the economy and hold 27 million people – half the working population of the country – on the government payroll (public sector and furloughed employees, and many otherwise self-employed people, me included).

As I turned the last page of the Plan, sighing and putting the highlighter pen down on the desk in the lamplit glow of my Study, I thought to myself, ‘our economy and society could be screwed if this is the Plan’. In fact, I mused that we could end up transitioning to a point when – perhaps sooner rather than later – people would simply ignore the government’s dystopian rules and just get on with their lives. It made me wonder if that was in fact the government’s unstated plan: ‘we’ve done our best; we’ve arrested the initial surge of the disease; we’ve beefed up the NHS; over to you general public if you want to take your chances with herd immunity’. This would perhaps explain the government amending its crisis management strapline from the specific ‘stay at home’ to the ambiguous ‘stay alert’.

On the other hand, if people don’t revolt and instead conform to the societal dysfunctionality proposed by the government in the Plan and its associated ‘Covid-19 Secure’ guidelines, then brace yourself for a return to the Middle Ages in pretty short order, metaphorically speaking. Economically, we’re staring the worst-case scenario in the face. If that wasn’t bad enough, here in Scotland, the First Minister can’t even be arsed to come up with a recovery plan at all and simply tells us to stick with the ‘stay at home’ policy – putting Scotland in pole position for the race to the Middle Ages.

Anomalies

Here are some of the anomalies for me. At the Downing Street press conference on 11 May, the Chief Medical Officer for England, Sir Chris Whitty said, ‘The significant majority of us won’t contract Covid-19’. That’s comforting. He then went on to say, ‘The great majority of those who contract Covid-19 won’t die from it’. That’s even more comforting, but hang on a minute: we’ve thrust the UK economy into its worst condition in over 300 years whilst preparing to create dystopia going forward – for what reason exactly? The Covid-19 global mortality rate is 0.9% for otherwise healthy people; Sir Chris Whitty referred to this during the press conference. If, like me, you’re reasonably healthy then you and I have a 0.9% chance of dying of Covid-19; that’s pretty much exactly the same risk you and I have of dying of absolutely anything else during the course of a year.

Faced with these singularly impressive odds of living (or am I missing something here?), just to repeat, overnight we’ve destroyed the UK economy and then drawn up a plan potentially to live the forthcoming months or even years spending time only with the existing members of our own household, dick-dancing our way to work or the park or the shops, avoiding public transport, steering clear of all other human beings whilst peering at each other over the tops of our homemade face-coverings of questionable benefit (we can’t use face-masks because they’re reserved for the NHS, care workers and other key workers). Is this serious? More to the point, is it sustainable until we discover a vaccine (which may never be discovered) or until such time as we’ve rolled out a reliable nationwide test, track and isolate system?

I pulled some raw data from the Office for National Statistics to sense-check my observations above. Here’s what I discovered. Up to 5 May 22,049 people died of or with Covid-19. Of those 22,049 deaths, 20,122 victims (91% of them) were over 60 years old. Of those 20,122 over-60-year-olds who died of/with Covid-19, 19,235 (96%) of them had pre-existing health conditions. So, 887 or just 4% of the over-60-year-old victims had no pre-existing health conditions. Of those victims younger than 60-years-old, 1,689 people – 8% of the cohort – also died with pre-existing health conditions. Just 238 people or 1% of the total group died with no pre-existing health conditions; per the Covid-19 global mortality rate. All this is consistent with the Chief Medical Officer’s comments quoted above.

Therefore, the question is, what is an acceptable Covid-19 death rate? The government’s answer can be found on Page 16 of the Plan: ‘no part of this Plan assumes an acceptable level of [Covid-19] infection or mortality’. In other words, in effect, nobody must contract or die of Covid-19. At least that’s clear, but it does have profound economic and social consequences.

Uncertainty

Despite what I’ve said above, there remains uncertainty about the infectiousness and lethality of Covid-19. So far, the total number of excess deaths in the UK for the time of year is about 50,000, most of which are attributed to Covid-19 (as stated earlier) and with a large proportion of those deaths occurring in care homes. However, flu epidemics in the past have caused a similar spike in excess deaths. So, we’re not necessarily looking at an extraordinary health threat, albeit the Covid-19 clock’s still ticking, of course. Then again, there’s some evidence to suggest that the Covid-19 death rate could be double the currently calculated global mortality rate, ie 1.7% (rather than 0.9%). If this was proved to be true, it would translate into up to 560,000 deaths if half the UK population were to get infected (Professor Paul Hunter, Professor of Medicine, University of East Anglia).

On the other hand there’s Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter (Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge) who pointed out that of the circa 30,000 Covid-19 deaths so far, two of them were children under 15 years old – of whom there are about 10 million in England and Wales. Professor Spiegelhalter said that the Covid-19 death threat to young people generally (the under 25s) is ‘staggeringly low’. He went on to say that the government’s communication with the public was ‘completely embarrassing’. Amen to that. Professor Spiegelhalter is in the camp which suspects that the Covid-19 fatality rate could be significantly less than 1%. So, the jury’s still out on just how life-threatening is Covid-19, but the weight of evidence indicates that the greatest threat lies to people over 60 years old and is very threatening to the over 80s. By contrast, people under 45 years old in reasonable health are extremely unlikely to die of Covid-19.

Decision-Making Criteria

So, Covid-19 is a novel and nasty disease. When it first appeared (thanks China) the nature and scope of the threat was unknown. Better safe than sorry: we went into lockdown. South Korea, on the other hand, didn’t go into lockdown but had the capability to test, track and isolate; it’s Covid-19 death rate is 5 deaths per million; the UK’s is approaching 500 deaths per million. Had between them our politicians and the NHS got its pandemic planning act together in the fifth largest economy in the world, we might not be where we are today, but that’s a story for another day.

Lockdown had the desired effect: we bought time to build NHS capability and resources whilst also building a picture of the disease itself; it’s infectiousness and its lethality. We’re still building that picture as I’ve described. Specifically, and critically, we decided not to talk about the development of herd immunity, still less declare it as government policy; that would imply in effect allowing individuals to die for the greater good of the population. Fair enough; no politician could or would ever do that explicitly. Indeed, the Plan states clearly on Page 13, ‘at no point has [the development of herd immunity] been part of the government’s strategy’.

In terms of recovery, these two decision-making criteria – no Covid-19 death is acceptable, and the development of herd immunity is not government policy – will have the effect of hamstringing everything that happens from here on. Restricting Covid-19 deaths to nil is impossible. Inhibiting the development of herd immunity is virtually the same as telling everyone to ‘stay at home’. The criteria reinforce my speculation that perhaps the government’s true plan is to shift responsibility for the Covid-19 recovery strategy on to the shoulders of society itself. The government can say, look, we’re providing you with all of these impractical, inconsistent and unsustainable guidelines to ensure that nobody dies of Covid-19 anywhere, ever. However, if you choose to ignore them then don’t say we didn’t warn you of the consequences.

Take Stock

Let’s take stock for a moment. The UK has been in lockdown for almost 8 weeks since 23 March. Half the working population is now on the government payroll. The cost, at about £15 billion per month, will catapult the national debt up to and possibly well beyond the £2 trillion mark to 100% of GDP or more, if we’re lucky (if that’s the right word); a debt level consistent with the country being engaged in total warfare. The UK economy is set to experience its worst deterioration in over 300 years, the time of The Great Frost of 1709. The effect of initiating and sustaining lockdown is now almost certainly causing irreparable damage to the economy (known as ‘scarring’). Thousands of businesses could disappear and never return; some industry sectors will be changed, conceivably forever (hospitality, travel and High Street retail come immediately to mind); unemployment will double at the very least; economic growth as we’ve known it will have the millstone of ‘Covid-19 Secure’ strapped around its neck making it doubly-difficult for businesses to recover or startup. The government was right to state in its Plan that from here on, ‘life will be different …’. You’re telling me it will.

A study by the University of Bristol concluded that ‘total deaths from Covid-19 and lockdown together could prove higher than the Second World War at more than 675,000 deaths’. The Economist newspaper summed things up by saying in a recent leader, ‘neither SARS nor the Spanish Flu had such a large economic effect as Covid-19. Life after lockdown will be hard in ways that are difficult to imagine today. Powerful forces will hold economies back. The anger [the economic situation] creates may end up feeding protectionism, xenophobia and government interference on a scale not seen before’.

A Doom Loop

The government’s ‘stay at home’ strategy, complete with its daily, doom-laden, context-free press conferences put the fear of God into the population. Mainstream media journalists have exacerbated the situation by stoking the, ‘we’re all going to die of Covid-19!’ hysteria to the exclusion of reporting on just about anything else. There’s been virtually no meaningful coverage of the looming catastrophic economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The politico-media attitude seems to be that it’s unseemly to talk about the economy (conflated to mean filthy lucre) when a dear 89-year-old lady died today in a care home with Covid-19 present (she could have been my Mum, by the way). The daily, sometimes hourly mawkish references to the latest Covid-19 victims – as if nobody’s ever died before – are emotionally wearing and difficult to watch. Not because the coverage in itself upsets me; it’s because I want to scream at the television set, ‘But can’t you bloody idiots see it?! We’re committing economic suicide whilst you’re obsessing about a 1% death rate. For goodness sake, we must address and discuss the impact on society of the worst economic situation in 300 years!’.

The worrying thing is that between them, government and the mainstream media have played a blinder, and still are to some extent. Polls suggest that the majority of British people in lockdown, funded by the government (ie funded by the next generation and more of taxpayers), don’t want to come out of lockdown (surprise, surprise); the majority of people faced with going back to work don’t want to use public transport; a great swathe of parents don’t want their children to go back to school. Trades unions and teachers’ unions are agitating for their members not to return to work unless and until it can be guaranteed that they won’t die of Covid-19. The country’s engineered itself into a doom loop.

What Next?

In the previous post and this one I wanted to contemplate the Covid-19 worst-case scenario and the likelihood of the worst-case coming to pass. Unless you’re a pathological optimist (and I have friends and acquaintances that way inclined), it’s difficult not to conclude that we’re facing a worst-case scenario both economically and, as a consequence, socially. Eminent economists and economics institutions are telling us as much. A blogger-friend shares my sentiments about the state we’re in. It doesn’t get much worse than a once-in-300-years collapse in economic activity with some experts predicting up to 675,000 deaths as a result. That said, things are never quite as bad as they seem, nor as fantastic as one would hope. Human beings are creative and entrepreneurial and at some point, we’ll arrive at some new socio-economic steady-state. However, the transition from now to then will involve a rough ride. We’re in the calm before the storm. In the final post in this series, I want to personalise how one might want to prepare for and cope with what could be a very challenging decade.

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28 comments

  1. Gabriel · ·

    Simple, at this point we the people we should be stand together and held accountable and responsible those who decided to neglect the warnings and the scientists advices, those who prioritised money over human life’s.
    Those who prioritise war and the paradigm of realism arming and spending the contributions of the people in making rich their friends and donors…those who instead of rising the health and education budget decided to decrease it… those, who have been elected so they can put their personal interests before the collective well-being … those they must be held accountable for negligence.
    As a citizen but now more than ever is a moral obligation to take stand and call the BS off. it’s a moral duty for those who are gone and for those who will come to put a stop to the greed of some… whilst the people has done their part and stayed at home, the response for those who requested to stay at home is to save and bail out all those that with their own private equity can fix the social disparity.
    It is time for us as humans to understand that we can not consume like there is no tomorrow as society we need to find a responsible way to move forward

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  2. MM, as usual a worthwhile analysis. Thank you.

    Like you, I think that the full impact of this disastrous house arrest ‘policy’ has yet to even begin to register with the public. The stock market is still relatively buoyant and prats like Morgan dominate the media, while the usual suspects want to take advantage of the situation by going full tilt for ‘net zero’ – even Raab, for God’s sake!

    On the stats, you might well already be aware of Hector Drummond’s first rate work. Like you, and many here, he is highly sceptical of the government’s approach. I wouldn’t call it a strategy – more like panic stations.
    https://hectordrummond.com/

    A minor matter, but every other blog I’ve come across (quite a few!) has comments arranged with the oldest at the top and the most recent at the bottom. Yours has the opposite, which I find a bit awkward. And there seems to be no drop-down list as on many sites to select ‘oldest’, ‘newest’, ‘best’. Any chance of a rethink on that?

    KBO

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    1. My predictions:

      It won’t matter whether you lockdown or not, all countries will eventually end up with most deaths in the frail and elderly category, a few deaths for under 65s with underlying health problems and virtually zero deaths for everyone else.

      The best countries will be those which recognised the need to shield the vulnerable rather than rush to house arrest the entire population

      That means that golden child NZ will get hit unless they want to remain an Alcatraz in the South Pacific – they might have bought time to recognise what policies actually work, but may be stymied by politicos drunk on the power of lockdown rather than sensible targeted policies

      There will never be a reliable vaccine – the virus will mutate like every other coronavirus throughout history.

      2020 will be the start of a decade of global economic depression – this will kill millions more than CV-19.

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    2. moraymint · ·

      Thanks David, and I’ll check out the link. Before replying to you, I’ve investigated if/how in WordPress I can set up a rated comments system which, like you, I prefer. I’ve drawn a blank thus far unless there’s some app or plug-in that I could embed into this blog? I’ll keep looking for a while …

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  3. Scottish death figures as per bbc website:

    Just over 75% aged over 75 (2,100) and half of that cohort over 85 years of age

    260 deaths of those under 65

    Scotland still on full lockdown and not even small concessions re outdoor sport, etc as kick in for England today.

    Destroying our economy and the hopes of the young on this figures is utter, unforgivable madness

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  4. I have the misfortune to be living under the Sturgeon regime in Scotland. I understand the concept of devolved responsibility for education, health, etc. I presume somehow it is under the health leg that she has acquired the President of Scotland title. Surely though this must be overreach – should that not just be concerned with running the NHS in Scotland and allocating resources to health issues.

    Can it possibly be legal that this power now extends to house arrest of the population? Same applies re the FMs of Wales and NI. Are these laws in fact ultra vires?

    We now seem to have a PM who is not actually a PM for the whole of the UK and this worries me greatly.

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  5. Good article MM. if you want a theory of why the government is doing all this, this link to UK Colmn News with a written summary plus a video should interest you. It’s not a comfortable read/watch. They have obtained evidence, minutes from SAGE meetings that state clearly that the government, aided by the MSM must scare us to death by hard hitting, punchy slogans repeated incessantly (which they have done very successfully). Why? To reset the way our country works. To deliberately kill several industries. Scary, but now, nothing would surprise me anymore.

    https://www.ukcolumn.org/ukcolumn-news/uk-column-news-11th-may-2020

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    1. Robert Graham · ·

      Interesting post, but I don’t think our politicians are smart enough or conspiratorial enough to do this.

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      1. Our politicians are not smart enough but the Deep State certainly is. The Civil Service, especially Mark Sedwill are up to their neck in the dark arts.

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    2. moraymint · ·

      Thanks thestate… and I’ll have a look at the link. Have been busy with some other bits and pieces lately …

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  6. Colin Penny · ·

    DT piece today: “5 stylish face masks, as recommended by our fashion editors” Dear God please tell me that I am hallucinating?!

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    1. moraymint · ·

      I share your dismay!

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  7. Trevor Bailey · ·

    More and more well informed members of the scientific community are beginning to bring some sense to this situation. Not least of which is Professor Dolores Cahill. Here is a link to her conversation with Dave Cullen Who is a well known member of the YouTube community ( Computing Forever ). It is well worth watching.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks Trevor, will take a look …

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  8. DICK R · ·

    When all this is over the NHS will be all powerful such is the cult that this stupid government has built around it, their every whim and demand will be met , ever penny of the GNP will be poured down the gaping mouth of this ruinous out of control QUANGO.

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  9. Alice de Janze · ·

    Your mention of “The Great Frost of 1709” is very interesting and appropriate since we are about to enter a Grand Solar Minimum just like three hundred years ago. The effects of Solar Cycle 25 coming on top of the economic damage caused by the CCP virus and world government’s over reaction to it do not bode well for the future. We had better pray to all our respective Gods that we do not now suffer a VEI 7 or 8 volcanic eruption like Mount Tambora in 1715 which precipitated the “Year without a Summer” in 1716. That would really drive us back to the Middle Ages quick smart and the death toll of such an extinction level event would make the CCP virus death toll look like a drop in the bucket.

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  10. Colin Penny · ·

    I do not disagree with any of this and I am not a conspiracy theorist but why have world governments, in various degrees, reacted like this? Could it be that this virus is suspected to be man-made and that its characteristics are therefore unquantifiable?

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  11. It seems that the leadership is making decisions (?) on the advice of the medical profession and economists.Good luck with that one. To ‘stay safe’ in the short term or face mid-term catastrophe, that is the question.
    I will be interested to see how things develop in the USA come November where the choice could be between a leader who is not a politician and one who certainly will be one.

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  12. Chris · ·

    I can’t take issue with anything you’ve written.
    It’s an increasingly dire situation … intentional or otherwise.
    Looking at the bigger picture and I believe it has the potential to become much scarier.
    No country on earth threatens the economic might of the USA to such a degree without consequences. The extent to which damage has been self-inflicted will prove academic.
    Quite what those consequences shall be is anybody’s guess … but as things ratchet up, trade talks could prove to be a mere prelude to ‘the main event’ !

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  13. Paul Gregory · ·

    Hello Moraymint,

    Here is something brand new you can disseminate. From Achgut.com My summary in English.

    PAUL Gregory

    CORONA PAPER KM4 The „Corona“ paper contains nearly 30,000 words, the words being longer in German than in English.

    It is written by a senior civil servant in the German equivalent of the Home Office partly on the basis of contributions of several high-ranking scientists.

    The department KM 4 is responsible for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure.

    He sent the report to the relevant ministries in the various federal states. He did not consult further within his ministry since it is a matter of imminent danger („Gefahr in Verzug“). He has been suspended. The Ministry has dissociated itself from the paper and refused to comment on its contents.

    His findings: * serious failings in crisis management * deficits in the framework order for pandemics * Corona crisis proves to be a FALSE ALARM

    The paper consists of a short version (already fairly exhaustive) and a long version with appendices.

    The introduction is very analytical with explanation of general principles. It is written in excellent German.

    The scope for politicians to take the right decisions has been limited due to deficits in the approach taken by internal reports, which have contained incomplete and irrelevant information.

    From what can be observed of the effects and knock-on effects of COVID-19 there is no evidence, in terms of society as a whole, that it is anything other than a FALSE ALARM.

    It may be supposed that at no time was there a danger for the population in excess of what is normal (the reference figures are the normal rate of dying in Germany).  Statistically, the people who die of Corona are people who would die this year anyway. Within a quarter year, worldwide not more than 250,000 deaths compared with 1.5 million during the influenza outbreak 2017/18. This outcome of the analysis by KM4 has been examined for plausibility and does not contradict the data and risk assessments of the Robert-Koch Institute.

    The collateral damage is meanwhile greater than any detectable benefits of the measures. The collateral damage is now gigantic. Much will become evident only later or in the more distant future.

    The resilience of critical infrastructure, the veins and arteries of modern societies, is no longer a given. Our society is now vulnerable, for example, if there were a real pandemic.

    The protective measures ordered by the government have meanwhile lost all purpose.

    The deficits and failures of crisis management have led to incorrect information being disseminated and therefore to disinformation of the population. One accusation that may be made is that it is the State which has proven to be one of the biggest producers of fake news.

    From these findings, it follows: a) the proportionality of curtailment of e.g. citizens’ rights does not currently pertain. The Constitutional Court requires that there be a weighing up of measures which have negative effects. b) {Details of ministerial processes to be engaged; analysis of rarity and nature of a pandemic and the difficulties it presents to decision-makers}

    Basically we now have a new crisis and must combat the pandemic crisis management which has run amok.

    Description of who can intervene and how if the executive fails to act. Parliament; the Courts; the Media.

    Attack on the mass media („suboptimal“), which work against the principle of diversity of opinion. Special negative mention of the public broadcasters (equivalent of the BBC).

    Overview of the damage done to the health of the population

    In March and April 2.5 million necessary operations were not made. Between 5000 and 125,000 patients have died or will die as a result. Cancer, stroke and heart patients will have suffered. 3,500 additional deaths of care home residents. Increase in suicides. Psychological effects of the lockdown especially on elderly persons. Psychoses, Neuroses. Domestic violence. Ill-effects arising from the wearing of masks. Lower life expectancy

    Concluding words: Some of those who suffer from the ill-effects described above will attribute the mishandling of the pandemic to politicians not having their well-being foremost in mind. Hence the credibility and acceptance of the government parties and personalities will be called into question. This is perfectly rational and will  lead in turn to an undermining of community and solidarity.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks Paul, and I shall read and reflect …

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  14. Mark · ·

    How does this

    A study by the University of Bristol concluded that ‘total deaths from Covid-19 and lockdown together could prove higher than the Second World War at more than 675,000 deaths’.

    Square with the earlier paragraphs on low death rates ?

    The excess mortality figures release today I think were 50k for March only – but can’t find a source for this

    The basic thrust of the argument is bang on. Especially the dancing around the handbags on the at-risk proportion of the population and their likely imminent death.

    Also, the panic evident in the politicians minds that “no one must die” .

    There’s probably a link to a King Canute story there somewhere……

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    1. moraymint · ·

      The University of Bristol study refers to deaths caused not only by Covid-19 but, moreover, by the economic impact of lockdown on society over the longer-term. It’s the correlation between dire economic circumstances and human health.

      The excess mortality figures are the total for the corresponding period last year; will fetch the link …

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      1. DICK R · ·

        The third world levels of poverty about to be unleashed will make the Chinese Virus deaths seem insignificant.

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        1. moraymint · ·

          That’s my fear too …

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  15. xantilor · ·

    I was queuing at the post office today (there’s always a queue now because they’re only open half the hours they used to be ‘because of the virus’).The woman two in front of me was on her phone discussing some social event she was organizing, involving people bringing bottles. Two behind me, a man on his phone was talking about a mates’ trip abroad. He said he’d say they were going to their place in Amsterdam to spend the rest of the lockdown there.

    A friend got locked out of her flat yesterday, and knocked on an unknown neighbour’s door. He drove her to fetch a key.

    Someone else I know met a group of friends in Richmond Park on Saturday afternoon for a get together.

    I find this encouraging. Okay, there are plenty of mask-wearing saucepan-bashers who’ve swallowed the propaganda whole, but others are quietly rebelling, increasing herd immunity and doing us all a favour.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Yes, I’m a member of the Devil-May-Care cohort of society!

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  16. Jason · ·

    As I’ve said before on previous blogs the
    response by the Government (both here and across the West) is so over the top it simply does not make sense.

    The only way it does is if the virus (which I have no doubt exists) has been jumped on by the PTB to unwind the consensus of the past 70-80 years.

    They will look to strip pretty much everyone of any wealth they have (through higher taxes to pay back all this largesse) and the stripping of any benifits (pensions, welfare, health services etc)

    This has been on the cards for several years I’m just surprised at how quick it has been implemented

    We will revert in short order to a fuedal society a mass of near slaves and a tiny ‘elite’ who will live an exalted life at everyone’s else’s expense

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