Second national lockdown will lead to short term mayhem and long-term misery

A lock too far

A SECOND national lockdown means short term mayhem and long-term misery. It should be avoided if at ALL possible.

We understand why Government scientists are urging us to take restrictions seriously: the recent steady uptick in cases and hospitalisations means none of us can afford to be complacent.

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But case numbers can be treated with a pinch of salt, given that testing is up and tests register harmless dead traces of old virus. 

Hospitals are in no danger of becoming overwhelmed. So though we must be cautious, we see no cause to panic.

On the other hand, the prospect of another lockdown does alarm us. 

The measure would decimate the hospitality sector, send unemployment figures through the roof, and leave thousands of cancer sufferers unable to get life-saving treatment.

It would also set a dangerous precedent.

Scientists nearly all agree that Coronavirus will be with us for a very long time. So can we really justify a cash-burning national lockdown every time new cases start to creep up? 

What will we tell our children and grandchildren as we saddle them with record levels of national debt?

Lockdown is there to give us time to find an answer. It isn’t an answer in itself.

It’s time we learnt how to live with the virus.

Be clear, Keir 

KEIR Starmer had an uphill battle on his hands when he took over the Labour Party. 

And on the whole, he has done a steady job. 

The Party is far more electable than it was in cranky Corbyn’s day. And unlike his predecessor, the former lawyer is capable of asking the PM forensic, important questions when they meet at the despatch box. 

But on Brexit, we’re growing tired of the fence-sitting. 

Last year, when Starmer was Shadow Brexit Secretary, he allowed Labour to head into the election with a nonsense “neutral” stance on Brexit (despite his own preference for a second referendum). 

And he’s keeping his political powder dry now. He doesn’t support no deal. But nor does he support an extension to the transition period. 

So what exactly would he like to happen in the event that the ongoing talks come to nothing?

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