The Government’s new Covid cure risks becoming more dangerous than the disease itself

I HOPED to say today that the UK has narrowly come back from the brink.

I hoped that I’d feel like our hero Prime Minister Boris Johnson – the man who put so much on the line to deliver Brexit – is firmly back in the driving seat.

He stared down Doomsday Doctor Chris Whitty, his gloomy scientist sidekick Patrick Vallance and their dodgy graphs to avert a second national lockdown.

Sure, a 10pm nationwide curfew for the hospitality industry, and the dystopian fact that ordering a drink at a bar will be a criminal act from this Thursday, is a disaster.

But this is 2020. Normal rules don’t apply. And small mercies must be celebrated. Besides, this fresh hell should only last a few weeks.

Sanity prevailed. Just. Hallelujah!

But then Boris Johnson went into the House of Commons at 12.30pm and said these draconian rules and the accompanying authoritarian enforcement methods, including calling in the army, will likely last for SIX MONTHS.

In one fell swoop, he cancelled Christmas and New Year’s celebrations of more than six people.

He damned the hospitality industry – especially our beloved pubs – to financial ruin.

He cancelled most sports, throwing the lifeblood of our society into chaos.

Where was the evidence to say such a curtailment of our civil liberties and freedoms for half a year will actually tackle this virus?

How about we give the current rules a chance to ACTUALLY work and see what ACTUALLY happens in terms of case numbers, rather than rely on a scare mongering projection? The rule of six was only introduced last Monday, for goodness sake.

And where was the questioning from Keir Starmer, the man who claims he’s leader of the OPPOSITION?

I know he wants to look statesmanlike, but simply agreeing with every single new measure with no questions asked is causing the frustration levels of so many of us who want such major policies to undergo scrutiny to skyrocket.

We need to have a reasoned conversation about our best way forward, based on the health and economic consequences to our entire society.

When I expressed that view today on Twitter, typical Covid troll Cath Berry replied: “Can someone arrange a 12-hour shift on a Covid ward for Dan Wootton?”

For folk like Cath, let me be very clear: Covid is a serious illness. I’m not questioning that and I never have. I accept the need for significant changes to our way of life, including social distancing and the protection of the most vulnerable.

But I now fear the government’s new six-month Covid cure is becoming more dangerous than the disease itself.

What about the potential 60,000 deaths from other illnesses like heart disease and cancer caused by delayed treatment and missed diagnoses?

What about the death cycle caused by poverty that is likely to be prompted by mass job losses in the hospitality industry?

What about the mental illness explosion, causing a shocking growth in suicides as the real cost of forcing people to work and live in tiny shared flats starts to take a toll?

I am grateful Boris Johnson avoided announcing a full national lockdown, which would have been devastating on so many levels.

But I am terrified that he has been left this spooked by Whitty and Vallance in September after three months of summer.

Boris needs to axe those lockdown-obsessed boffin buffoons and look to other experts like Oxford University’s Carl Heneghan and the Positive Professor Karol Sikora who look to Sweden and believe there is a different way forward.

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