Registered On: December 24, 2013
“Of course 50 to 70 Tory MPs will be demanding that their party kill more of our citizens. Not satisfied with 120k, who will notice if another 30-40k die because of releasing restrictions too early?”
What was that about gaslighting, Heath? Or straw man argument? It can just as easily be argued that lockdown is killing people, which it is, making millions mentally ill, which it is, leading to dramatic increases in domestic violence, which it is, etc, etc, etc. There’s no right or wrong here, things just aren’t that simple.
As for the vaccination programme of course we need to do everything we can to help other countries, especially the poorer ones, but it’s hardly unreasonable for a country’s own population to be vaccinated to a level whereby the spread of the virus is under control. Otherwise you’re doing nothing other than virtue-signalling — it has absolutely nothing to do with flag-waving. Similarly, of course a country should take advantage of its success and the UK’s vaccination programme will do a great deal to bring investment, especially in areas such as biotech.
In response to helping countries in the longer term it’s very easy to come out with platitudes. The only way to achieve this is to enable them to generate the wealth they need to look after their own citizens but I’m afraid a lot of countries are open to corruption that prevents this. In the real world there are no easy answers.