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The deadly story of lockdown libertarianism

The Tory press peddled cod epidemiology. And until recently, the Prime Minister refused to face them down. We are paying the cost in lives

By Julian Petley  

Photo: Alamy Stock Photo

The “roadmap” out of lockdown announced by Boris Johnson has disappointed a vociferous section of his backbenches and an equally vociferous cohort of the press. Typical of the responses from these quarters was Steven Glover’s lament in the Mail that the “optimistic, freedom-loving Boris has disappeared.” But if this is indeed the case, it’s been a very drawn-out disappearing act. 

Lives now depend on whether Johnson’s boosterism really has been consigned to the dustbin, so it is worth investigating the role played so far by “lockdown libertarianism” and asking: how deadly have been its consequences? 

In his triumphant…

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