Covid-19: Lord Sumption Former Supreme Court Judge Speaks for the People

“Written by Lord Sumption, a former supreme court judge, in The Times”

330px-Lord_Sumption_2013‘The lesson of Covid-19 is brutally simple and applies generally to public regulation. Free people make mistakes and willingly take risks. If we hold politicians responsible for everything that goes wrong, they will take away our liberty so that nothing can go wrong. They will do this not for our protection against risk, but for their own protection against criticism.

The lockdown was originally justified as a temporary measure to spread coronavirus infections over a longer period. This was to allow time for the NHS’s critical care capacity to catch up. Hence the slogan “Protect the NHS”.

It was never much of a rationale. The NHS is there to protect us, not the other way round. How could its unpreparedness possibly justify depriving the entire UK population of its liberty, pushing us into the worst recession since the early 18th century, destroying millions of jobs and hundreds of thousands of businesses, piling up public and private debt on a crippling scale and undermining the education of our children?

Since the prime minister’s broadcast last Sunday, the lockdown has found a new rationale. The government has dropped “Protect the NHS” from its slogan. The reason is plain from the paper it published the following day. The NHS is not at risk.
This is partly because the government has done an outstanding job in increasing intensive care capacity, and partly because the threat to the NHS was always overstated. The critical care capacity of the NHS has nearly doubled since January, even without the 4,000 or more additional beds in seven temporary Nightingale hospitals. Around the top of the spike in infections, on April 10, 41% of NHS general acute beds were empty. Only 51% of acute beds were occupied by a Covid-19 patient. The current figure is 20%. The Nightingale hospitals stand empty. These are government figures.

Today, the lockdown is only about shielding us from the risk of infection. This raises serious questions about our relationship with the state. It is our business, not the state’s, to say what risks we will take with our own health. We are not fools or children needing to be told by ministers what is good for us and forced by police officers to do it. We should not need to consult ministers, as the first member of the public to phone into the daily press conference did, about whether she was allowed to hug her grandchildren.
The usual answer is that by going out and about we may infect other people. But that no longer works as an excuse for coercion. Those who do not want to run the risk of being infected can isolate themselves voluntarily. They will be no worse off than they are under the current compulsory regime. The rest of us can then get on with our lives.
The continuance of the lockdown is particularly odd given that in its latest paper the government accepts that, whatever we do, Covid-19 is likely to be with us long term. So unless it plans to keep the lockdown in place forever, all that it achieves is to put off the moment when we have to face the risk anyway.

The prime minister told the House of Commons on Monday that his new so-called plan was workable because the British would use their common sense. In that case, why not allow them to do so by leaving the decisions to them?

Instead, we are resorting to law, which, because it requires exact definition, will always cover very many things that are perfectly harmless. Thus it was OK to go for a walk in the park but not to sunbathe. It is OK to drive to the Lake District but not to visit your second home. It is OK to meet one person but not two, and OK to do it in the front garden but not in the back. This kind of thing is arbitrary and absurd. It discredits the law as well as those who make it.

So how has the government ended up in this unsustainable position?

The answer is that having originally embarked on a sensible policy that would have avoided a lockdown, it did a 180-degree turn on the afternoon of March 23, without thinking of the wider implications. It was in a blind panic provoked by Professor Neil Ferguson’s “reasonable worst-case” of 510,000 deaths. Quite apart from the fact that a worst-case is by definition an unlikely one, few scientists now support this figure. But it has had disastrous consequences. It pushed the government into making a decision that mocks our humanity and treats us all as mere tools of government policy.

The government terrified people into submission by giving the impression that Covid-19 was dangerous for everyone. It is not. It attacks people with serious vulnerabilities. By most estimates, between 0.5% and 0.75% of infected persons die. Of those, 87% are over 65 and at least 90% have multiple causes only one of which is Covid-19, according to the Office for National Statistics. The death rate for those under 50 is tiny. For the overwhelming majority, the symptoms are mild. Yet Matt Hancock solemnly intoned that “if you go out, people will die”, in what was surely the high point of governmental hype.
The prime minister’s broadcast was supposed to be his Churchillian moment. Instead, we beheld a man imprisoned by his own rhetoric and the logic of his past mistakes.

The lockdown is now all about protecting politicians’ backs. They are not wicked men, just timid ones, terrified of being blamed for deaths on their watch. But it is a wicked thing that they are doing’.

The above article was not written by The Editor of TDS, but by Lord Sumption and published in The Times.

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COVID Bollocks: Tyrant Police Too Thick To Understand Exercising

Boy, the snowflakes certainly came out of the woodwork for video. My opinion is that she is very brave and right. I hope she updates the YouTube community on what happened at the station. Here’s her story:

“I was out exercising in Richmond today, on my own, the LAW doesn’t specify physical exercise, I was exercising mentally meditating by the river, minding my own business, and these lovely police officers thought I was committing a crime! Eventually, they arrested me and actually gave me a lift home which I thought was nice, I will now get a fixed penalty notice which naturally I will contest in court. Let’s see. 4 police officers in the van which dropped me home! I said, “this is the closest I’ve been to another human being all day!” Let alone four of them confined in a van! Anyway, BRING IT ON!”                                                              —Cheeky FE Kerry

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Eating Meat Causes COVID-19


This story is cobbled together from a report by John Ladarola. From the outset, he talks about meatpacking plants being a danger to the health of workers forced to continue working in an industry known for spreading coronavirus.

“On Tuesday, March 31, an emergency room at the main hospital in  Grand Island, Nebraska, sent an urgent email to the regional health department: “Numerous patients” from JBS beef packing plant had tested positive for COVID-19. The plant, he feared, was becoming a coronavirus “hot spot.”                                                         – Michael Grabell, ProPublca

Another doctor suggested the plant be closed for two weeks for a thorough screening. But his plea was ignored and JBS has stayed open.

Other than blaming the Chinese wet markets, no government has admitted that the slaughter of animals and the processing of meat can be the cause of zoonotic diseases. They do acknowledge that some animal diseases can jump from animals to humans but do not admit the colossal number of diseases caused by the consumption of meat.

“Covid-19 has taken multiple things from people of all ages including lives, livelihoods, laughter, leisure and liberty and still we refuse to address the cause, rather than continually focusing on the symptoms. If a virus started in a Wet Market has the impact to effectively shut down the world, why has the world not shut down Wet Markets and other places of death and potential disease?”    Fiona Oakes, Vegan, Tower Hill Stables, Animal Sanctuary owner and distance runner.

Fiona Oakes – Vegan Runner & Animal Sanctuary Owner

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This article will be updated

First update: Wed. 13th May 2020


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