The data below is from the ONS and covers England and Wales. 2020 data is provisional so maybe tweaked a bit but with that caveat you will note a couple of things. Or if you are Boris Johnson and everyone else in the political and media class GroupThink you will ignore a couple of things which show how we citizens, we Winston Smiths, have all been taken for fools. Clearly more folks died in 2020 than in the years immediately before that. Suicides were up, untreated cancer deaths were up but Covid is responsible for most of the uptick. But for those who talk of the new plague, it is not that much of an uptick is it? More critically…
Age-adjusted death rates in 2020 were lower than every year from 1990 to 2009. Crude death rates were lower than every year 1990 to 2003. Why was there no clamour back then for lockdowns and other measures which have train wrecked the economy and seen 1 in 4 adults saying they now suffer some form of depression?
Lockdown jihadists will say that were it not for lockdown, death rates would have been far higher in 2020 but the data which comes from comparing with minimal lockdown Sweden or hard lockdown California with its mask on and no lockdown Florida suggests there is no evidence for this at all.
In mainland Europe, lockdowns are being reimplemented as they are relaxed in the UK. Vaccination has been a shambles in Europe, but a triumph in the UK. In Israel, which wins the Olympic gold for vaccination, there is no need for lockdown at all. Lockdown does sod all to tackle covid but destroys so much else. Vaccines seem to work. Here is some hard data which our leaders would rather you did not consider as they fine you £5,000 for going on holiday to Europe but allow Europeans to enter the UK and that is all to stop the spread of the virus.
One day we will look back on this and even those who are still lockdown fanatics will be amazed at how we fell for it all.
|Crude mortality |