Boris was right to want to pursue herd immunity – we don’t want a Prime Minister whose first instinct is to lock us up

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“We were also being told as ministers that 500,000 people were going to die, so there was quite strong pressure from the experts.”

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg has said evidence from the Covid inquiry has demonstrated former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s instincts to avoid lockdown were right.

Speaking on GB News, Sir Jacob said: “The Covid inquiry has some supporting evidence for what we already knew to be true: Boris Johnson’s instincts on lockdown and Covid policy were broadly right.”

Sir Jacob continued: “Every day that goes by, his instincts are vindicated.

“Handwritten notes from Imran Shafi, then the Prime Minister’s private secretary for public services suggested that Boris said: ‘we’re killing the patient to tackle the tumour.’

“And Boris had a point.

“He was also right to want to pursue herd immunity as a policy which was actually what the experts were saying in the first place. 

“They then tried to pretend they hadn’t, but I’ve sat in meetings where they said herd immunity is what we’ve got to get to.

“And the criticism of Boris Johnson is over his indecisiveness. If that’s true, surely you don’t want a Prime Minister whose first instinct is to lock you all up? We don’t live in a totalitarian country where we’re not allowed out of our front door without permission, without showing our papers, without being able to get a chit from a policeman?”

We don’t live in a totalitarian country where we’re not allowed out of our front door without permission, without showing our papers, without being able to get a chit from a policeman?

Sir Jacob continued: “Boris ended up locking us down because he was surrounded by a blob that was desperate to lock us down. 

“We were also being told as ministers that 500,000 people were going to die, so there was quite strong pressure from the experts.

“And then there was SAGE. The modelling from SAGE was key to locking down when the rise of omicron began in 2021.

“The SAGE modelling suggested that omicron’s effect would be calamitous.

“It later emerged that the modelling only counted for scenarios in which omicron was a more dangerous variant than its predecessors. This, of course, turned out not to be true.

“It was bad, wrong modelling. It was a significantly weaker variant than its predecessors. 

“And thank heavens we had Boris who, at that stage, resisted the pressure to lock down, otherwise our economy would have been damaged even more.”

“And thank heavens we had Boris who, at that stage, resisted the pressure to lock down, otherwise our economy would have been damaged even more.”

“We now know that the scientific advisors were busy over-egging the pudding so when Nicola Sturgeon introduced facemasks in schools and England didn’t, Sir Chris Whitty suggested it wasn’t worth an argument.

“So in England, we introduced pointless facemasks purely to avoid a political fight, because of slightly wet scientific advice.

“It’s clear that Boris believes in liberty and was rightly reluctant to lock us down. 

“The failure was one of a blob, not of a leader who asked sensible questions.”      

Source: GB News

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