Way back when St Maggie muttered the idea that perhaps the Man in Whitehall didn’t know best 360 economists signed a letter to the papers insisting that this was nonsense, terrible, the end of civilisation and what the heck would 360 economists get to do if it wasn’t telling everyone else how to live now that markets would take the strain?
They turned out to be wrong and that’s fine, all of us are at times even in our professional lives. But they were at least economists muttering about the economy:
News of the unprecedented partnership came as 245 scientists and mathematicians denounced the government plan to achieve “herd immunity” by delaying measures to prevent the virus spreading, saying acting now would save “thousands of lives”.
“Under unconstrained growth, this outbreak will affect millions of people in the next few weeks,” the letter states, adding the NHS would be “at serious risk” of not being able to cope.
“Going for ‘herd immunity’ at this point does not seem a viable option, as this will put the NHS at an even stronger level of stress, risking many more lives than necessary. By putting in place social distancing measures now, the growth can be slowed down dramatically, and thousands of lives can be spared. We consider the social distancing measures taken as of today as insufficient.”
Gosh. The letter is here.
Amazingly, this is a round robin letter which isn’t signed by the Sage of Ely. Thus it has a possibility of being correct. Except the BBC tells us:
The group, specialising in a range of disciplines, ranging from mathematics to genetics, though no leading experts in the science of the spread of diseases,