The one and only rationale for lockdown 2 is to prevent the NHS becoming overwhelmed. No one cares about deaths. They aren’t even pretending to any more. They just care about avoiding the situation of images on TV of patients lying in corridors in hospitals.
And they are operating on a worst case planning basis. It is now well established that there was a blatant attempt to frighten the public by using fake figures for the numbers of projected deaths.  The scare tactic was a “scenario” i.e. just a possibility – for which there was no statistical evidence. 
Observers of how the corporate-government world works will not be at all surprised to see the “scientific data” being fixed to support the predetermined political-financial aim. This is how the system works.
The situation is wholly unnecessary. They have had 6 months to build more temporary hospitals. This can be done in a few days. True; field hospitals also need to be staffed. But in 6 months it would have been possible to put together a workforce – without poaching staff from hospitals. (For example; army medics, final year nursing students and people hired from overseas. In 6 months people could have been trained to work as auxiliary nurses as well). That they didn’t do this simply reflects the complete absence of proactive planning which has characterised the inept and dangerous response of this government. Now they are blaming the public – an extraordinary temerity. [Update: There are some claims now coming out of the Health Service that the problem with the Nightingale Hospitals is that they can’t find the staff for them. This is why despite the huge costs of building 7 such facilities they have hardly been used. Assuming this is true, and my guess is they didn’t try very hard, even so there remains a question (quite apart from the rather obvious point – surely this could have been foreseen?); could they not use these hospitals as dedicated treatment centres for Covid patients meaning that they could prevent the problem of people catching Covid in hospital – which is a major problem? Altogether it seems that the government are running this show just thinking that if they throw vast sums of money at some private sector companies somehow this will fix the problems. It seems they don’t realise the situation calls for something different. That is serious thinking and planning based on reality not just spraying cash around. It seems that government, ministers and senior health officials, just don’t have this capacity.]Continue reading “Lockdown 2 – the reality”