The aim of having a lockdown was to suffer inevitable damage to the economy while protecting lives. Fair enough, at some level of economic pain that benefit makes clear sense. At another level of either or benefit and cost it does not. Quite where those levels are is not the point under discussion today.
Rather, what we’re all looking for is the least cost at the most benefit. That’s just how we humans work, we want the most for the least. So, the UK appears to have had more economic cost at a worse toll in lives. What’s therefore wrong with the system?
Here we have the Office for National Statistics with the GDP numbers:
The UK has suffered much, much, more economic pain than most others.
Here we have the population death rate. This being the correct number to use. Infections that don;t cause significant problems are not a problem, rather, they’re desirable, for that gets us closer to herd immunity. It’s how many people die that matters:
The UK has suffered the most economic pain and also the highest death rate. That is, given the costs an benefits thing, the UK has the worst in the rich world performance.
At which point we’d like to know why, obviously.
It’s not just that we’ve a right wing government – in itself a laughable claim anyway. The US is further right than we are and they did markedly better. The death rate is slightly better and the economic loss is half of our.
The unique thing about the British system is that Wonder of the World, the National Health Service. Which is where inquiries about what the hell happened probably need to start. For us to gain twice the pain for less gain is something caused by something, it’s not mere happenstance.
Of course, it could just be that British government – as opposed to the current flavour of party currently doing it – just isn’t institutionally competent and doing things. But then that brings us back to the NHS of course.