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February 16, 2021COVID-19, experts and the mediaOn February 4th, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published an editorial * which suggested that the actions of most government’s in mishandling the COVD-19 pandemic could be described as ‘social murder’. They write:“The ‘social murder’ of populations is more than a relic of a bygone age. It is very real today, exposed and magnified by covid-19. It cannot be ignored or spun away. Politicians must be held to account by legal and electoral means, indeed by any national and international constitutional means necessary. State failures that led us to two million deaths are ‘actions’ and ‘inactions’ that should shame us all.”The biggest state failure of them all is the UK Chancellor persuading the UK Prime Minister to ignore his expert scientific advisers last autumn.This damning verdict should come as no surprise, as in most countries most medics have despaired at the failure of politicians to be able to lockdown hard and early. Time and time again leaders want to delay what is inevitable, which just means that more people die, and the lockdowns when they come last longer than if they had been put in place earlier. Equally academic economists with some expertise in pandemics have despaired when governments have used the economy as an excuse for not saving lives, because these economists know there is no trade-off between health and the economy beyond a few weeks…. * https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n314– Simon Wren-Lewis
February 15, 2021CoronavirusUSCases ( 28,317,703)Deaths ( 498,203)IndiaCases ( 10,925,311)Deaths ( 155,840)UKCases ( 4,047,843)Deaths ( 117,396)FranceCases ( 3,469,539)Deaths ( 82,226)GermanyCases ( 2,346,876)Deaths ( 65,949)MexicoCases ( 1,992,794)Deaths ( 174,207)CanadaCases ( 826,924)Deaths ( 21,311)ChinaCases ( 89,772)Deaths ( 4,636)
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https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n314February 4, 2021Covid-19: Social murder, they wrote—elected, unaccountable, and unrepentantAfter two million deaths, we must have redress for mishandling the pandemicMurder is an emotive word. In law, it requires premeditation. Death must be deemed to be unlawful. How could “murder” apply to failures of a pandemic response? Perhaps it can’t, and never will, but it is worth considering. When politicians and experts say that they are willing to allow tens of thousands of premature deaths for the sake of population immunity or in the hope of propping up the economy, is that not premeditated and reckless indifference to human life? If policy failures lead to recurrent and mistimed lockdowns, who is responsible for the resulting non-covid excess deaths? When politicians wilfully neglect scientific advice, international and historical experience, and their own alarming statistics and modelling because to act goes against their political strategy or ideology, is that lawful? Is inaction, action? How big an omission is not acting immediately after the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020?At the very least, covid-19 might be classified as “social murder,” as recently explained by two professors of criminology. The philosopher Friedrich Engels coined the phrase when describing the political and social power held by the ruling elite over the working classes in 19th century England. His argument was that the conditions created by privileged classes inevitably led to premature and “unnatural” death among the poorest classes. In The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell echoed these themes in describing the life and living conditions of working class people in England’s industrial north. Today, “social murder” may describe the lack of political attention to social determinants and inequities that exacerbate the pandemic. Michael Marmot argues that as we emerge from covid-19 we must build back fairer….
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