SHOULD the Prime Minister end the lockdown once he returns to work after Easter? That was the question we put to you in a Twitter poll three days ago:
Despite the Project Fear run by a panic-mongering media, we are glad to see our readers and followers have kept their sanity and want to escape from the asylum that Great Britain seems to have become.
The majority – 52 per cent – voted for the lockdown to end, against 48 per cent (rounding both figures generously) wanting it to stay, figures uncannily identical to the 2016 Brexit referendum vote.
The poll was taken before the Government announced that the lockdown was continuing for a further three weeks and most likely more.
It was also, and more significantly, taken before theOffice for Budget Responsibility’s announcement yesterday that the economy is set to shrink by a staggering 35 per cent in the second quarter – leading to two million unemployed.
The OBR forecast is hardly surprising, but nonetheless a truly devastating picture of the impact of a policy now shown to have totally failed in its original intent of protecting the oldest and the most vulnerable.
I wonder whether a public, already fearful of the years of hardship ahead will, after this latest news, stop being quite so supportive of the Government now they can no longer avoid the truth of the terrible economic consequences for society?