Monday, March 30, 2020

"PETER HITCHENS: ... this Great Panic is foolish, yet our freedom is still broken and our economy crippled"

An alternative view for you. I was alerted to a Daily Mail column by Peter Hitchens on the Mike Hosking show.


"Now, if you want a scientist who does not support Government policy, the most impressive of these is Prof Sucharit Bhakdi. If you desire experts, he is one.

He is an infectious medicine specialist, one of the most highly cited medical research scientists in Germany. He was head of the Institute for Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, one of Germany’s most distinguished seats of learning.

In a recent interview he had many uncomplimentary things to say about the shutdown policy being pursued by so many countries (there is a link on my blog to the interview, and a transcription).

But perhaps the most powerful was his reply to the suggestion that the closedown of society would save lives. He argued the contrary, saying this policy was ‘grotesque, absurd and very dangerous’.

He warned: ‘Our elderly citizens have every right to make efforts not to belong to the 2,200 [in Germany] who daily embark on their last journey. Social contacts and social events, theatre and music, travel and holiday recreation, sports and hobbies all help to prolong their stay on Earth. The life expectancy of millions is being shortened.’

He also gave this warning: ‘The horrifying impact on the world economy threatens the existence of countless people.

‘The consequences for medical care are profound. Already services to patients who are in need are reduced, operations cancelled, practices empty, hospital personnel dwindling.

‘All this will impact profoundly on our whole society.

‘I can only say that all these measures are leading to self-destruction and collective suicide because of nothing but a spook.’"


h1a said...

So are you self isolating?

Lindsay Mitchell said...

Yes. With a great deal of trepidation regarding the economy and the future debt burden on my offspring. And with a great many doubts as to whether it is warranted, and what comes after. If it goes on for a longer time or is repeated, whether the greatly reduced quality of what is left of my ageing parent's lives is worth the extra quantity. They are asking the same.

We should all be questioning this extraordinary lock-down.

Lindsay Mitchell said...

I could ask you the same but as you use a pseudonym the answer would be irrelevant.

Desperado said...

The meme 'the cure may be worse than the problem' has some validity in my mind. It should at least be discussed at the moment when we don't know what the situation really is (I see the stats war about mortality rates is approaching full swing). The problem is that we have given the 'cure' to a one dimensional solution team. It's a bit like the non-alcohol lobby refusing to accept any positives of alcohol into their studies. Health care have one specialty and don't include other metrics into their thinking. Also, the Covid related job market is growing at a crazy speed, meaning whole industries will have a vested interest in keeping it rolling much as with climate change. In response to h1 above, yes I'm fully complying but that doesn't mean I can't turn my brain on.