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Lockdown Scepticism Is Part Of The Brexit Divide

The title of this post, is the same as that of an article on the London School of Economics web site.

It is a must-read article about the views of the British on lock-down.

This is a paragraph.

Additionally, there are indications that lockdown scepticism is becoming increasingly entwined with the Leave/Remain divide that dominates most aspects of British politics. Many pro-Brexit Tory MPs are increasingly critical of the high costs of lockdown on individual freedoms and the economy and have been pushing, both publicly and privately, for easing of the restrictions.

If this view is reflected in the general population, will it increase your chance of Brexiteers getting the Covids, simply because they may be more tempted to break the rules?

January 6, 2021 - Posted by | Health, World | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Yes, there is undoubtedly a divide. Brexit voters tend to view academics and ‘experts’ as part of the establishment, and would much rather listen to simple sharp messaging from individuals who benefit from sharing this scepticism. Granted, not all Brexit voters are conspiracy theorists, but I bet all conspiracy theorists voted for Brexit.

    However, this doesn’t mean they are more likely to catch it. Remain voters are more likely to live in cities where the virus spreads more easily. There’s also an ethnic divide, white people are more likely to have voted Leave but statistically less likely to die from the virus if they catch it than BAME people.

    The important thing we should recognise is that persistent lockdowns and economic damage aren’t an inevitable result of the virus, the government is responsible for acting too late and not getting this under control in the spring/summer. We have the worst death rate in Europe AND the worst economic damage. Other islands around the world have fared a lot better, and life is largely back to normal in many of them.

    Comment by JMo | January 6, 2021 | Reply

    • Blame the government, if you like, but there are similar feelings in lots of other places, according to friends, who live there.

      I am very pleased that Corbyn didn’t win the last election, as I have Jewish genes in my body, so where would I be on the vaccine list? My pension would probably have been nationalised, as it’s a good one.

      Comment by AnonW | January 6, 2021 | Reply

  2. To be honest, it’s statements like that that make me want to unfollow this blog. To imply that Corbyn would put jewish people further down the vaccine list is complete rubbish, and the constant obsession of some who defend the government by saying “well Corbyn would have done even worse” is a joke. Firstly, we have seen that left-wing governments around the world have dealt with the pandemic infinitely better than right-wing populist ones, so there’s nothing to suggest a Labour government would be any different- they certainly wouldn’t be handing £billions to their dodgy mates. Secondly, Corbyn himself was more fair and tolerant than virtually any other MP, just look at his voting record on issues like discrimination and gay rights, and I think the last year has shown that their plan for spending was quite feasible all along. But most importantly, it isn’t relevant anyway as he isn’t involved any more, so move on with your life.

    Personally, I’m of the belief that if you vote for the winning party (or don’t vote at all), you are entirely responsible for the actions they take. We knew what Boris and the conservatives were like before this election and they’ve been true to character, so conservative voters are ultimately responsible for the poor decisions that have been made in response to this pandemic.

    Comment by Jmo | January 6, 2021 | Reply

  3. The FPTP voting system is also implicated in the party elected to government and the outcome. Many people live in safe Labour seats and voted (not for Conservatives) but that vote was effectively “wasted”.

    And definitely one less liberal democreat MP through retirement (North Norfolk-was won by a local businessman whose father had previously stood as UKIP, in a BrExit majority area). The previous liberal MP was quietly sensible on all matters and had a good local reputation with a centrist vote.

    Personally I think the die was cast exactly 1 year ago by not quarantining all incoming traffic to the UK and allowing the existing notifiable diseases track and trace procedures to operate (with special rules for aircrews, international truck drivers, international train drivers, etc.). This is part of what New Zealand got right. Willing to be informed otherwise, but the disease did not arrive on cargo shipments but via movement of peoples. (Yes technically live fomites could be on some airfreighted cargos but that would be a limited threat and fairly easy to spot and contain)

    Comment by MilesT | January 8, 2021 | Reply


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