I have to disagree with you here for the following reasons:
I don’t think there is anyone here on TWS Community who has had to make a decision that comes anywhere near close to those being made on our behalf as a result of this pandemic. I wince at the keyboard philosophy that people offer and the advice they offer in the plain knowledge that it means diddly-squat!
Just because members of the public are not responsible for decision-making does not mean that they should not think on the issues facing the nation/world and discuss them. This is an insidious form of silencing detractors of any viewpoint and in my opinion a null argument. If you disagree with the point of view being made then fine, make a valid counterpoint, but don’t tell people that who they are makes their argument or right to discuss it invalid, that’s not nice.
It seems plainly obvious that the difficult balancing act between the nation’s health and the impact of restrictions on its economy cannot be undertaken lightly. There is vested interest on both sides, medically and economically.
This incorrect assumption is why we are in such a mess. It may seem intuitive that anything you do to shut down the virus will hurt the economy, but to some this seemed bad logic to begin with, and even hawks in countries which experienced SARS now agree it to be false.
Which countries are now seeing the worst economic hurt?
Shut down the virus, keep a lid on it, then reopen the economy. Data above shows that there is no sign of a trade-off between health and economy. If all you wanted was to look after the economy you would go after the virus with single-minded determination. God knows what Boris et al. are up to.
The only thing we can do is to look after our own and not hurt others.
There is a great deal more you can do. From reading, learning and engaging with public policy and science; to buying a few extra items in your shop and donating them to a foodbank and a great deal more besides.
Adding to the noise (as indeed this post does) is just more crap on the shovel.
This thread is called lockdown 2. What did you expect?
That may all seem a bit bad tempered, but it is kindly (if also robustly) intended. I am heartened to come here and see that there are likeminded members, I wouldn’t want them to feel their contributions unwelcome.