Amid the justified hullabaloo over parties in Downing Street, there has been too little debate about the nature of the lockdown rules themselves. Just how were they arrived at? Did their benefits outweigh their costs? These are the important questions.
We will long remember the horrors of Covid-19 restrictions. In England, we were under effective house arrest, places of worship were closed, people couldnt say goodbye to their loved ones, it was illegal to sit on a park bench, Christmas was effectively banned, schools were closed for long periods, and the economy, for the most part, was shuttered. A repetition of such measures on the same basis would be intolerable.