An illustration just how limited our so-called democratic space has become
With Kier Starmer's press conference on October 13 the consensus that accompanied the first lockdown has officially broken down. In addition there is widespread talk of Covid-fatigue at the same time as some recognition that it is multi-faceted (Note: Covid Fatigue). One might expect northern (Labour) mayors to challenge central government for bypassing them, but at the same time we have Jake Berry MP for Rossendale and Darwen setting up a “trade union” of 27 conservative MPs as the Northern Research Group (Note: Northern Opposition).
In this piece I look at track and trace through the lens of a politics that the state is a human activity system operating for the benefit of its citizens
In this letter Professor Nigel Harvey lists many putative reasons for non-compliance, including reduced trust in authorities, decreases in perceptions of risk, increased complacency and changes in values (eg, an increased emphasis on libertarianism). https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/11/resistance-to-lockdown-rules-is-not-just-fatigue
This article covers the extent to which northern Labour local government has and is being consulted and also covers the creation of the Northern Research Group which is named as a self conscious copy of the ERG as well as being self described as a sort of trade union for northern Conservative MPs. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/11/northern-england-mayors-given-noon-deadline-to-submit-covid-plans
I have no specialist knowledge of epidemiology, I am qualified to identify the characteristics of a system, my profession was Systems Analyst, I worked as an IT Project Manager and Consultant and have an MBA from Leeds University Business School.
The Great Barrington Declaration expresses the libertarian view, which can be summarised as let it rip to get herd immunity just protect the vulnerable vs. more stringent public health approaches within which we can include the idea of a circuit breaker, see https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/07/why-herd-immunity-strategy-is-regarded-as-fringe-viewpoint
In a bad year seasonal flue kills 600,000 people or so worldwide, so far from Covid-19 we have had over 1,000,000 deaths in 9 months. Figures for the UK published by the ONS show covid is three times as bad as seasonal flu https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8818575/Covid-19-killed-THREE-TIMES-people-flu-pneumonia-year.html
In response to comments by Boris Johnsons an article in the Guardian appeared https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/23/are-britons-too-freedom-loving-to-follow-covid-rules. This was also picked up by other news media.
Good businesses note, of course there are those that exploit their staff and use raw power to impose what is going to generate profits power to but the difference is business don’t claim to be democracies.
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