It is time to consider the evidence. It is not simply that Lockdowns don't work. We must face the fact that the State is an ineffective institution for the control of a pandemic. Only adult behaviour by informed citizens can solve this problem. We must delegate responsibility to the man on the spot.
My letter published in The Australian on Tuesday, 20 July 2021 follows.
I am not one to question "The Science". But I am ever alert to flaws in "The Logic".
Gladys Berejiklian locked down Sydney to contain the Coronavirus. A week later, the numbers had gone up not down. So she had "no alternative" but to increase the severity of the lockdown.
Here in Victoria, Dan Andrews said, "You only get one chance" as he implemented Lockdown No. 5.
I wonder what will happen if "The Beast" continues to outsmart our Premiers.
Personally, I have given up worrying. I just stay home with my wife, listen to music, read a book, turn on the telly and watch the footy. While the Cats keep winning I do not have a care in the world. It is great to be old.
It is the young whose lives have been scarred forever by the lies and the incompetence.
In October 2020, when three eminent epidemiologists – Sunetra Gupta from Oxford, Jay Bhattacharya from Stanford and Martin Kulldorff from Harvard – composed the Great Barrington Declaration, it was endorsed by over eight hundred thousand citizens and professional colleagues. Nonetheless, they were subjected to virulent ad hominin attacks for their suggestion that lockdown policies were producing devastating effects on public health and that focussed protection would yield preferable results.
Douglas Allen's Covid Lockdown Cost/Benefits: A Critical Assessment of the Literature, April 2021, recent articles by Steve Waterman and Adam Creighton, and the work of Gigi Foster among others suggests that the Great Barrington professors were correct.
Or you might read The Panic Pandemic by John Tierney in the City Journal about how "fearmongering from journalists, scientists, and politicians did more harm than the virus."
It is time for the adults to admit that the Premiers have no clothes.