Cummings Not Going

Not long after breaking lockdown forced Neil Ferguson, the Imperial College boffin behind the Covid-19 death model, to be bounced from advising Number 10, the PM’s closest advisor, Dominic Cummings, was found straying from London himself.

Now, James and Toby don’t think Cummings should resign for breaking lockdown, but his head should probably roll for backing the lockdown policy in the first place. Plus, are lockdown sceptics like our hosts endangering people’s life? Or is it more dangerous to follow the official advice?

This week’s opening sound of Cummings rose garden mea culpa courtesy of SkyNews.

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  1. Arnold Falk Member

    If you think about it for a few minutes, and with a pen and paper in a quiet room, you can identify at least one public policy error per decade in your country that has caused seriously damaging results to society. And then there are those major public policy errors that are made in unison by multiple leaders, that together lead to even worse results because they reinforce one another. Banking policies in the 1920’s that permitted wild speculation with others’ money that led to the crash in October 1929 and the Great Depression. The systematic appeasement of Hitler during the 1930’s throughout the Western world that led to that particular part of WWII. The entire series of decisions post-1990 that led to the 2007 Treaty of Lisbon and the EU being what it is today. And so on up until the mass leadership failure in early 2020 to lock down all the world’s major economies down on the most flimsy bases possible, including Prof. Ferguson’s model that everyone knew had provided unfounded Armageddon predictions on multiple occasions. But this last set of mass blunders is really scary. China in particular must be having all sorts of ideas as to what to do next.

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    • May 25, 2020, at 11:12 PM PDT
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  2. Joe D. Lincoln

    So… theoretically (as far as I know) Hydroxychloroquine + Zinc should be more somewhat effective against the common cold and I guess flu’s in general – and more so then most existing remedies. Any chance, we could see a mild enough over the counter form of this combo?

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    • May 26, 2020, at 11:47 AM PDT
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  3. Taras Coolidge

    Arnold Falk (View Comment):

    If you think about it for a few minutes, and with a pen and paper in a quiet room, you can identify at least one public policy error per decade in your country that has caused seriously damaging results to society. And then there are those major public policy errors that are made in unison by multiple leaders, that together lead to even worse results because they reinforce one another. Banking policies in the 1920’s that permitted wild speculation with others’ money that led to the crash in October 1929 and the Great Depression. The systematic appeasement of Hitler during the 1930’s throughout the Western world that led to that particular part of WWII. The entire series of decisions post-1990 that led to the 2007 Treaty of Lisbon and the EU being what it is today. And so on up until the mass leadership failure in early 2020 to lock down all the world’s major economies down on the most flimsy bases possible, including Prof. Ferguson’s model that everyone knew had provided unfounded Armageddon predictions on multiple occasions. But this last set of mass blunders is really scary. China in particular must be having all sorts of ideas as to what to do next.

    “Banking policies in the 1920’s that permitted wild speculation with others’ money that led to the crash in October 1929 and the Great Depression.”

    I think only the first half of that is true.

    The Great Depression itself was caused by Federal policies in response to the stock market crash, like the Smoot-Hawley trade bill and, in general, policies that kept wages up when they needed to fall. There had been stock market crashes before, invariably followed by recovery within a few years.

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    • May 26, 2020, at 12:27 PM PDT
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