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The expert who’s happy for restrictions to drag on for years

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FORGET variants of coronavirus: much more harmful to the UK is our unwanted strain of scaremongering scientists.

Throughout the first year of the pandemic I safely shielded from the head of immunisation at Public Health England. On Sunday, however, rashly risking contact with BBC’s Andrew Marr Show finally exposed me to the pernicious prognostications of Dr Mary Ramsay. 

If you naively imagined that mass vaccinations would herald a return to normality, Mary is quite contrary. Vaccinating the vulnerable changes very little, according to the repressive Ramsay: ‘The vaccine will protect you but it doesn’t necessarily prevent spread, it doesn’t necessarily prevent you passing it on to someone else.’

Naturally she routinely recited the mantras of our medical martinets, dutifully declaiming that ‘we have to look very carefully at the data before any of the restrictions are lifted’ and how it’s ‘very important that we don’t relax too quickly’ lest we ‘jeopardise what has been has been an amazingly successful [vaccination] programme’.

Why, it’s almost as though our sloganeering scientists regard mass vaccination as an end in itself rather than a route back to liberty and freedom.

Mary Ramsay certainly intends to block our path. Invited by Andrew Marr to pronounce on how long mask-wearing and (anti)social distancing should continue, her dystopian divination is: ‘I think we are talking about quite a long period of time. We may eventually get back to a much more normal situation but I think people have got used to those lower level restrictions now. I think people can live with them and the economy can go on with those less severe restrictions still in place. I think certainly for a few years . . .’

Years?! Having lobbed the loaded question, Marr had no interest in challenging Ramsay’s carefree and clueless contention that ‘the economy can go on with those less severe restrictions still in place’. What she casually categorises as ‘lower level restrictions’ are of course the constraints which would continue to cripple the hospitality sector, fetter all forms of live entertainment and generally encumber everyone’s enjoyment of life.

It is not Mary Ramsay who is answerable to voters; yet like the rest of our scientific sovereigns, she imperiously pronounces on public policy as though she had been elected to government.

If Dr Ramsay wishes to spend the next few years distancing herself from the public, the farther away the better. And instead of a mask she might wish to try a gag.

The eight-minute interview can be viewed here. Mary Ramsay’s demented desire for distancing and masks to be ‘still in place, I think certainly for a few years, at least until other parts of the world are as well vaccinated as we are’ is in the final 30 seconds.

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Gary Oliver
Gary Oliver is an accountant who lives in East Lothian.

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