HARD facts mean tough choices. In the week before Easter, 16,387 people died from all causes in England and Wales.
It was 6,082 more than the five-year average. Half of these 6,082 deaths are attributable to the coronavirus.
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We do not know how the other half died, although some will have missed vital health care because of the pandemic.
What we do know is that this hideous virus is killing the economy.
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warns that a three-month shutdown will reduce growth by more than a third, boost unemployment by two million and increase borrowing by 500%.
The lockdown destroyed Britain’s “job miracle”, ended a fragile “Brexit rebound” and set off what could be the worst living memory depression.
“It is important that people know that there will be difficulties ahead,” warned Chancellor Rishi Sunak, an underreporting if there were any.
During your hour-long exercise break, you can watch the tragedy unfold.
Formerly successful restaurants and bars, busy offices and shops, and major construction sites are locked and locked.
Behind each door hides a personal and economic tragedy.
Despite a torrent of taxpayer money released by Mr. Sunak, many will never reopen. Some are already broken down. Life will never be the same again.
The Treasury is raising billions to pay full-time workers on leave, to help the self-employed, and to provide universal credit to the vast majority who are falling through the cracks.
We are piling loads on our already huge national debt. For many businesses and individuals, this is a devastating blow from which they may never recover, financially or mentally.
Lives lost due to delays in emergency care, alcoholism, drugs and domestic violence have exploded.
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With the deaths of other causes – mainly poverty and despair – they could overshadow the toll of the virus.
The chances of some children in life will be ruined by a long break from school or, worse, by being locked up with violent family members.
Those who keep their jobs may be forced to cut wages severely. The costs will be passed on through the generations.
Not everyone suffers.
Public sector jobs and pensions are safe for the moment.
Some with savings, decent homes and jobs they can do from home could actually enjoy Easter with their families by their side.
Family breadwinners forced to stay instead of eating out or flying abroad will have pocket money in their pockets at the end of the month. And some will have seized Rishi Sunak’s offer of 80% salary to put their feet up at taxpayer expense.
But it all adds up to a crimson result that our children and grandchildren will have to meet in the decades to come. A part will be paid in blood.
Without money from tax revenue, how can we deliver on Sunak’s commitment to fund – “whatever it takes” – our wonderful NHS and its costly new, life-saving treatments?
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Can we afford a generous welfare state from cradle to grave, good schools or the promised infrastructure connecting the North and the South with better roads and railways?
One day, a vaccine will end this miserable pandemic. But what will remain and at what cost?
Downing Street, without its most prominent personality at the helm, must find a way to save Britain from destitution without being blamed for “putting money before lives”.
It’s a challenge that only a crazy Corbynite left-hander would wish his worst enemy.
But to govern is to choose.
And although he has just escaped his own near death experience, it is impossible to see this happen without telling Boris Johnson.
The PM knows there will be questions to be answered once this is all over.
They already come thick and fast – tests, NHS capacity and protective equipment for NHS personnel.
These must be settled quickly – at any cost.
We will then need an investigation into the failure of the so-called “experts” to see this happen.
We will want a detailed explanation of the Public Health quango in England, which has focused costly resources on obesity and diversity, rather than the pandemic they waged four years ago.
Why, for example, were they so slow to allow non-NHS specialists to engage in a fast-paced battle against Covid-19?
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NO living Briton has experienced the extent of the economic devastation that threatens us.
A three month lockout will hit us harder than the Great Depression. Worse than World War II, the global financial crisis of 2008 or any recession.
A gigantic increase in debt and unemployment. A terrifying collapse of tax revenues. A massive government bailout to save businesses and jobs.
It should be reassuring that these same official forecasts also predict a rapid rebound, assuming the lockdown ends and the virus is largely defeated.
But even if this startling optimism – which we find it difficult to share – is confirmed, immense and permanent damage will have already been caused. Millions of jobs will have been destroyed, successful businesses will go bankrupt and a new pile of monstrous debts will have been collected, taking years to pay. The pain of the era of austerity after 2009 was just a taste.
It is at least good that Britain knows it now. We hope it sinks. The public must think about it before denouncing any loosening of the lock in case more Covid victims die.
No one wants more lives lost. But the debate is not life against money and jobs. Many will also die from the suffering of poverty, unemployment, tax hikes and spending cuts if the economy remains paralyzed for much longer.
Behavioralists Advising The Government Rightly Fear The Public Doubts The Successful Lock In Protection Of The NHS Is Worth It If Its Recession Kills Thousands And Destroy Funding Anyway of the health service.
We are not there yet. It is not yet known if the number of deaths in the UK has peaked, although hospital admissions are flattening and the NHS now appears to be able to cope.
But the critical point, where a date is set to slowly release Britain from house arrest, cannot wait much longer.
Labor will blame the Conservatives, but all of these pandemic risks were signaled as early as 2005, when Labor was in power.
Boris, who became prime minister just nine months ago, took care of other business until its landslide in December.
There are “green shoots,” to quote one of our medical experts.
The NHS now has unused capacity. There is no longer any risk of it being overwhelmed.
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This was one of the main reasons for the draconian crackdown – to avoid an unmanageable “spike” in admissions in crisis.
This risk has decreased. He leaves room for a return to work and school.
The sooner it starts, the sooner we will see the “rapid rebound” predicted by OBR.