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Covid groupthink was avoidable posted at 12:01:46 UTC via telegraph.co.uk Critics of the Covid lockdowns were treated to a barrage of ill-founded abuse. Worrying about the economy was said to be “selfish”, as if the country no longer needed to pay its bills. Disputing the efficacy of particular measures would lead to accusations that you wanted thousands to die. The public was subjected to a campaign of fear to promote compliance. It is no wonder so few spoke out at the time. This newspaper did do so, however, questioning the proportionality of locking up the whole population to tackle a virus that was only a serious threat to the very old or very sick. We raised concerns about the impact on mental health, children, non-Covid patients and, yes, the economy. We said it was likely the costs of lockdown would be greater than the benefits. It is increasingly clear that that was right. The Covid inquiry this week released messages from April 2020 from James Slack, Boris Johnson’s communications director, now deputy editor at The Sun. They show Mr Slack disparaging a headline in this newspaper which presciently read “No end in sight for lockdown” (that lockdown did not, in fact, fully end until July 2020). He said The Telegraph was “financially desperate and it’s making them write desperate things”. Not only was that ignorant – The Telegraph remained profitable during lockdown, with huge growth in subscriber numbers – it was revealing of the groupthink that gripped the establishment. Perhaps Mr Slack and his colleagues would have made fewer mistakes if they had treated their critics with respect rather than contempt. Covid groupthink was avoidable – The Telegraph posted at 09:32:55 UTC via “COVID” – Google News Covid groupthink was avoidable  The Telegraph Can Biden Change How Voters See Him? 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Covid groupthink was avoidable

posted at 12:01:46 UTC via telegraph.co.uk

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Critics of the Covid lockdowns were treated to a barrage of ill-founded abuse. Worrying about the economy was said to be “selfish”, as if the country no longer needed to pay its bills. Disputing the efficacy of particular measures would lead to accusations that you wanted thousands to die. The public was subjected to a campaign of fear to promote compliance. It is no wonder so few spoke out at the time. 

This newspaper did do so, however, questioning the proportionality of locking up the whole population to tackle a virus that was only a serious threat to the very old or very sick. We raised concerns about the impact on mental health, children, non-Covid patients and, yes, the economy. We said it was likely the costs of lockdown would be greater than the benefits. It is increasingly clear that that was right. 

The Covid inquiry this week released messages from April 2020 from James Slack, Boris Johnson’s communications director, now deputy editor at The Sun. They show Mr Slack disparaging a headline in this newspaper which presciently read “No end in sight for lockdown” (that lockdown did not, in fact, fully end until July 2020). He said The Telegraph was “financially desperate and it’s making them write desperate things”. 

Not only was that ignorant – The Telegraph remained profitable during lockdown, with huge growth in subscriber numbers – it was revealing of the groupthink that gripped the establishment. Perhaps Mr Slack and his colleagues would have made fewer mistakes if they had treated their critics with respect rather than contempt.

Некоторые тешили себя иллюзиями, что они раз и навсегда уничтожили ИГИЛ*, сровняв с землей Ракку и Мосул — столицы “Исламского государства”*, находившиеся тогда в руках аль-Багдади**. Воздушных бомбардировок США оказалось недостаточно (американские военные давно не воюют на земле): решающим фактором стало вмешательство курдов, которым впоследствии “отплатили” за это, отняв у них город Киркук в Иракском Курдистане. Еще в 1991 г. в газете “Нью-Йорк Таймс” американский журналист Уильям Сафир (William Safire) писал: “Предательство курдов… является фирменной чертой Госдепа США”.

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Selected Articles – The News And Times

Critics of the Covid lockdowns were treated to a barrage of ill-founded abuse. Worrying about the economy was said to be “selfish”, as if the country no longer needed to pay its bills. Disputing the efficacy of particular measures would lead to accusations that you wanted thousands to die. The public was subjected to a campaign of fear to promote…
posted now via telegraph.co.uk
 
Covid groupthink was avoidable  The Telegraph
posted 2h ago via “COVID” – Google News
 
Can Biden Change How Voters See Him? The Israel War May Give …  The New York Times
СМИ: ракеты ATACMS не изменят ситуацию на Украине из-за контрмер России  Ведомости
 
Украина: Россия применила новую тактику смешанных атак  Postimees
 

Некоторые тешили себя иллюзиями, что они раз и навсегда уничтожили ИГИЛ*, сровняв с землей Ракку и Мосул — столицы “Исламского государства”*, находившиеся тогда в руках аль-Багдади**. Воздушных бомбардировок США оказалось недостаточно (американские военные давно не воюют на земле): решающим фактором стало вмешательство курдов, которым впоследствии “отплатили”…
posted 2h ago via ИноСМИ
 
Germany’s Scholz vows action after Molotovs thrown at synagogue  The Times of Israel
posted 2h ago via “Germany” – Google News
 
Israel tells citizens to leave Egypt and Jordan as soon as possible, avoid Morocco  The Times of Israel
posted 2h ago via “israel” – Google News
 
Israel-Hamas War Update: US, UK urge Israel to delay Gaza ground offensive | Mint  Mint
posted 2h ago via “israel” – Google News
 
Aid entering Gaza not enough to avert ‘humanitarian catastrophe’, says UN chief  The Guardian
posted 2h ago via “israel” – Google News
 
Israel-Hamas war live updates: Relief over hostage release; aid trucks cross Egypt border  NBC News
posted 2h ago via “israel” – Google News
 

Бывшего министра юстиции Казахстана задержали по подозрению в злоупотреблении должностными полномочиями. Как передает Report со ссылкой на местные СМИ, об этом сказано в сообщении Антикоррупционной службы. “Антикоррупционной службой в целях исполнения поручения главы государства по поиску и возврату незаконно выведенных активов, задержан экс-министр…
posted 14m ago via report.az
 
Экс-министр юстиции Казахстана задержан по подозрению в злоупотреблении полномочиями  REPORT.az

As Israel continues to rattle Gaza with airstrikes, nearly 50 people were killed in the overnight strikes. Israeli forces claimed to have hit Hamas targets in overnight aerial strikes on Gaza.The IDF further said it carried out a number of strikes overnight on numerous Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon, in response to anti-tank missile and rocket…
posted 2h ago by Hindustan Times via Hindustan Times
 

Arab leaders condemned Israel’s two-week-old bombardment of Gaza on Saturday and demanded renewed efforts to reach a Middle East peace settlement to end a decades-long cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking at a hastily convened gathering dubbed the Cairo Peace Summit, Jordan’s King Abdullah denounced what he termed global silence…
posted 2h ago by Reuters News Service via Cyprus Mail
 

Israel Palestine News | Rafah Crossing On Gaza-Egypt Border Opens Up For Aid Into Gaza | N18V The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza has opened to let a small amount of desperately needed aid flow to Palestinians running short of food, medicine and water in the territory that is under an Israeli siege. A convoy including 20 aid trucks…
posted 2h ago by CNN-News18 via IBNLive
 
Anti-Jewish, anti-LGBTQ hate crimes spike in 2022, FBI report finds  Axios
 
Матери потребовали от Путина объяснить помилование убийц и насильников их дочерей – Русская служба The …  Русская служба The Moscow Times
UN Chief at Rafah Crossing Calls for Aid to Flow to Gaza  Voice of America – VOA News
Humanitarian Aid Enters Gaza Through Rafah Border Crossing …  i24NEWS
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