Governments need to stop playing God

Source: spiked
by David Thunder

“Numerous Western governments, with the blessing of their scientific advisers, have suspended basic civil rights and effectively placed government ministers above their own constitutions — purportedly in order to protect public health. Instead of improving and expanding hospital facilities, fast-tracking the development of promising treatments and offering focused protection to the elderly and vulnerable, governments have confined citizens to their homes, shut down businesses, heavily restricted public gatherings and attempted to regulate the internal life of households. If the exercise of such extraordinarily intrusive and illiberal powers had successfully quelled the pandemic, we might now view them as regrettable but expedient evils. But we now know, through international comparisons, that harsh lockdown policies did little to mitigate the overall incidence of disease and mortality compared with more moderate social-distancing restrictions.” (06/01/21)