READERS will remember the brave Professor Sunetra Gupta of the Great Barrington Declaration, which we urged readers to sign last October.
Would that the mainstream media had given their backing to this eminently sensible middle route in response to the Covid crisis, a call for focused protection, instead of dismissing it or ignoring it as they did – how much better off we would all have been. Since then, impositions of draconian tiers followed by another full lockdown have made matters infinitely worse. The data reads only one way – and it is that lockdowns serve no useful purpose and cause catastrophic societal and economic harms. This is reaffirmed in the latest publication by HART, a group of UK doctors, scientists and other academic experts trying to find common ground between the Government and groups concerned about Covid-19 restrictions.
In this interview recorded a few days ago with the How are Sweden channel, Professor Gupta recalls ‘her awful realisation’ a year ago that many countries in Europe, followed by India and Africa – countries that could not afford it all – were going to go into lockdown and how this would lead to a terrible loss of lives, which has proved to be the case, and drastically so for the underprivileged. Lockdowns which might be fine for the better off do not protect the vulnerable, she explains wryly.
To the interviewer’s question about the situation for children, Gupta replies emphatically: ‘We should hang our heads in shame’.
You can watch the whole of this thoughtful interview here, and wonder how it is that Mr Johnson and Mr Hancock could prefer the advice of the ethically and scientifically bereft ayotollahs of Sage to that of this enlightened and moral scientist.