Did our crazy house arrest during Covid-19 save a single life?

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PETER HITCHENS: Did our mad mass house arrest during Covid-19 save a single life?

By Peter Hitchens for The Mail on Sunday
22:10 May 09, 2020, updated 22:10 May 09, 2020

We will not escape this misery until the government is forced to admit that it made a stupid mistake and reacted wildly to Covid-19.

The Prime Minister is like a man who sets his own pajamas on fire while he is wearing them to cure himself of hiccups.

Now he stands naked and burned, while his house is burning around him, and exults that his hiccups have indeed disappeared. This is what I mean by getting things out of proportion.

People are seen celebrating VE Day at their doorstep amid the coronavirus pandemic. Huge and devastating actions, such as national closure, require clear and valid justifications. These do not exist until now

Above all, he must stop pretending that his actions saved us from the dead that never happened, and people must stop believing in this hold without evidence.

Until then, months and perhaps years of costly and painful stupidity will follow. The belief that the panic policy has worked means that it can never end completely. If, and when, you return to work – if you still have a job – you will have to follow ridiculous and impractical rules. You will be forced to wear unnecessary muzzles on trains and buses.

Normal life will be practically impossible. Previously simple actions will be infinitely complicated and costly. And while this farce continues, businesses will continue to close and jobs will continue to disappear, causing misery and disease for millions of people.

I’ve seen this in the old communist world, a crazy and fixed idea pursued by dense men relentlessly and without opposition or thought, until everything collapses or explodes. Now I see it here.

An almost deserted beach is pictured above in Eastbourne during the holiday weekend. We will not escape this misery until the government is forced to admit that it made a stupid mistake and reacted wildly to Covid-19.

Huge and devastating actions, such as national closure, require clear and valid justifications. These do not exist until now.

I have yet to see any reason to believe that the downturn in the economy and the imposition of a house arrest have saved a single life. The deaths of Covid-19 peaked and began to decline in that country on April 8, a decline far too soon to have been caused by Johnson’s panic on March 23.

I have seen lots of reasons to believe that the risk of coronavirus has been grossly exaggerated and that the death toll has been overestimated.

As for the damage caused by the savage, almost Maoist measures adopted by the government, there is hourly evidence pouring in from ruined businesses and people who believed themselves to be safe, discovering the multiple miseries of universal credit.

And this is just the beginning. The two specific competent actions that could have helped – protect nursing homes from the start and properly equip doctors and nurses – were flouted.

But the sweeping, radical and showy policies of mass house arrest and the unprecedented demise of an entire advanced economy of the 21st century have been and are being pursued with relentless enthusiasm.

The Prime Minister is like a man who sets his own pajamas on fire while he is wearing them to cure himself of hiccups. Now he stands naked and burned, while his house is burning around him, and exults that his hiccups have indeed disappeared

Even now the adolescent minds in charge of this cannot admit their mistake or properly stop, as we will learn this evening. But under the reign of this cabinet without any talent, the country suffered a total collapse of independent thought and opposition.

The jester who brought us in there, and who can’t get us out of it, continues to be praised and praised as if he were Kim Jong Un. Those who, six months ago, could not forget his long history of amateurism, dishonesty and clowns can no longer remember and congratulate him instead.

I thought it was, at least, fun. But I don’t see anything fun in the ruined landscape he created. Once people start to realize what he did and how unnecessary it was, I doubt he will ever be forgiven.

Even when Professor Neil Ferguson, chief counsel for panic laws, was caught ignoring his own rules, nothing changed. The nation chuckled and missed the point. In fact, I care more about what’s going on over Professor Ferguson’s neck than about what’s going on under his belt.

The importance of his action was that even he did not believe his scary stories enough to obey the rules that ensued. Well, I don’t believe those scary stories either.

But thanks to him and his delusional prophecies, I now live in a country where the police – the police! – seriously consider prosecuting a free man for canoeing with his married mistress.

It’s not because of the multiple betrayals of the spouses and children involved. No one, except me, cares more about these, because I may be the last Puritan alive, and even I don’t think it’s a police matter. It’s because he broke the ridiculous rules of “social distancing.”

We live in a crazy country, ruled by clowns. Who will save us from this or should he continue forever?

Even when Professor Neil Ferguson, chief counsel for panic laws, was caught ignoring his own rules, nothing changed. The nation laughed and missed the point

Succession of unnecessary obscenities

Searching for some sort of escape from an endless discussion of the virus, I watched the television series Succession, above, on a vacillating media empire, in which the old and sick chief, still formidable, is besieged by future successors among his children.

I can’t imagine who it’s based on, but is it really true that these people use the word f so much?

I remember the story of the soldier who used the word over and over again as a greeting, punctuation and adverb, until he dropped a heavy machine gun on his foot and couldn’t think what to say.

A toxic cloud of deception

More information on Poison Gas’s watchdog, the OPCW.

A few months ago, I exposed major troubles within this precious organization, over what some of its senior inspectors considered censorship of the reports from Syria, in order to change their meaning and significance.

The OPCW responded by saying that one of these whistleblowers was not a member of the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) that visited Syria in 2018.

Various toads and creeps have repeated this. Today, a radical site, The Grayzone, has published documents which seem to show that he was officially registered as a member of the FFM. I submitted this to the OPCW on Thursday. So far, they have not responded.

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I am pleased to say that my call for legal action against the house arrest policy has now been answered.

Businessman Simon Dolan has taken steps to challenge the legality of the panic laws. The government is dragging its feet but next week will be crucial.

I published the details of the action and how to support it on Peter Hitchens’ blog.

Citizens allegedly claimed to scare people

Frightening face of hypocrisy …

Norwich police spoke harshly to a teenager for walking around the suburbs with a 17th century anti-plague doctor mask, like a huge crow’s head and a long black coat.

Citizens have reportedly said that he scared people.

I’m thinking of buying one of these outfits if he’s forced to wear a muzzle by the government, so I was interested to see that our new state militia thinks it’s a deal for them.

Is it the law that only the government is allowed to scare people?

And is that the thing they all fear the most is that we can laugh about it?

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