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We will not understand Covid until we give up debating it

We have somehow managed to start a culture war about the virus. That is a sure-fire way to drown out the truth

By Tim Harford   November 2020

The Oxford Union school of governance—Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions. Photo: © JESSICA TAYLOR/UK PARLIAMENT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Confused by the contradictory claims about the dangers posed by coronavirus? Cut through the fog with this one weird trick: stop trying to win an argument.

I realise that such advice does not sit easily with the way culture has been going in Britain in general of late, and the way things have been at Westminster for as long as anyone can remember. The Prime Minister, like too many top…

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