Frightening headline in the Daily Mail:
Frightening, that is, because of how stupid it is. The spike being referred to consists of… 7 deaths. Just 7. Not 70 000. Not even 7000. Just 7. The death toll rose from 33 to 40. On average, about 1700 people die in the UK every day. And we’re going to destroy our economy over what isn’t distinguishable from noise in the death stats.
What has happened is this. The virtual Communists and statists who dominate the establishment of the world’s countries got tired of waiting for climate change to do its work. Why wait until 2050 or 2070 when you can just seize power now on the basis of some spurious new emergency that requires martial law? Those emergency powers were there just waiting to be used. I had no doubt that a Corbyn government would have invented some pretext to use them if it had won the election. That’s why I was worried that if they got in, we’d never get rid of them.
So why wait when you can just invent a whole new fake emergency happening in the here and now? The emergency, of course, is all in the modelling, as it always is. Real world death numbers provide nothing to worry about, but the modelling, my God that looks bad. (Actually, even the worse-case models don’t look bad enough to destroy the world’s economy over, but then I’m not a frightened snowflake.) And the academics, and the authoritarians on social media, are demanding we do something. Looks like we have no choice but to pretend it’s an emergency and make a massive power grab.
The key is always to stay one step behind social media until there’s a clamour from the likes of Piers Morgan for more state action, and then it doesn’t look like it’s just us making a power grab. This is the first social media-fuelled coup in the Western world, although clearly the old media has also played its part.
(I’m writing a longer, more detailed post about why the health threat from Covid-19 has been massively overblown, hopefully finish and post later today.)