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MATT HANCOCK: “WE WILL KEEP PEOPLE SAFE”

By Pete Moore On September 18th, 2020

We’re doomed.

The Prime Minister has declined further, warning that the UK “is now seeing a second wave” of Wuhan Flu. He doesn’t want another  national lockdown, he says. By the looks of it they’re going to have one but region-by-region.

State Health Commissar Matt Hancock, who always looks like a scolded, sullen child, peps us up with talk that “we will do what it takes to keep people safe”. Please don’t. You tried that once before. For the government to keep people safe Hancock would be sent off to a minor diplomatic post in the tropics, and Chris Whitty re-assigned as chief test tube washer.

I’m half packed for Sweden already. They all speak English anyway and are getting with life. Boris and Hancock can get stuffed with their b-annual trips into Year Zero madness. Almost everyone in the UK is perfectly safe. Those that aren’t, or who think they aren’t, can choose to make their own plans. We know the risks. All we need from government now are the bare details to decide our personal balance of risks and the liberty to take our own action.

Generalised lockdowns are a dead end. They resolve nothing and offer no exit. They aren’t even very good at what they are supposed to achieve. This we know because this we have observed.

3 Responses to “MATT HANCOCK: “WE WILL KEEP PEOPLE SAFE””

  1. Yes Pete

    The problem in a nutshell is that the only way we have to keep infections in check involves unacceptable damage to our economy, and this will be the case until a reliable vaccine arrives. But as soon as restrictions are eased the infection rate surges because the immunity level in the population is too low to stop it.

    Sweden went down a different route (herd immunity in all but name) and experienced worse deaths than its immediate locked down neighbours, but it now appears to be suffering much less infections in the second wave, unlike France and Spain which enforced the most draconian lockdowns in Europe and are being hammered again.

    The key statistic to watch is not infections (which are now doubling in the UK in a week) but hospital admissions. If those increase significantly by the end of this month we will have a problem for sure, but we are much better equipped for it than six months ago. We cannot afford another national lockdown, end of.

  2. Peter –

    That’s the thing; we can have Sweden or Lockdown. Take your pick but the virus is not going away unless and until we have a vaccine which is effective and safe.

    I prefer Sweden because it’s all we can afford and we know that lockdowns have their own death tolls, allied to an aggressive protection of the vulnerable.

    It’s time that Matt Hancock was moved on for a competent replacement. I don’t care where that replacement is on Brexit (which has been a significant influence on Cabinet appointments). We need clear thinking, priorities and competence.

  3. It’s time that Matt Hancock was moved on for a competent replacement. I don’t care where that replacement is on Brexit (which has been a significant influence on Cabinet appointments). We need clear thinking, priorities and competence.

    Good luck with that Pete. This is a Vote Leave government of all the talentless lead by a ruthless duo who are well out of their depth but know how to wield the knife. Witness the threats this week to withdraw the Tory whip from any MP who defies them on the so-called Internal Markets Bill. Despite the 80 seat majority.