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Scientists have been sounding the alarm on coronavirus for months. Why did Britain fail to act?
. The author, Richard Horton, is a doctor and editor of The Lancet.
Something has gone badly wrong in the way the UK has handled Covid-19. I know Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, and Patrick Vallance. I have the utmost respect for both. They have had the services of some of the most talented researchers in the world to draw on. But somehow there was a collective failure among politicians and perhaps even government experts to recognise the signals that Chinese and Italian scientists were sending. We had the opportunity and the time to learn from the experience of other countries. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the UK missed those signals. We missed those opportunities.

In due time, there must be a reckoning. I sat with the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in Geneva in February. He was in despair. Tedros had been criticised for not calling a public health emergency of international concern sooner. But when he did and when he asked for the modest sum of $675m to help the WHO combat the growing global pandemic his pleas were ignored.

If I might offer the good doctor an explanation: British Exceptionalism: We have the BEST DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS. We have nothing to learn from foreigners - Europeans or darkies. Sound familiar? It is the same mindset that underlies Brexit.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 09:00:57 PM EST
by Bernard on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 09:12:43 PM EST
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You've got the wrong link.

Perhaps this is what you were looking for:

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 09:52:52 PM EST
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Yes, that one, thank you.
by Bernard on Fri Mar 20th, 2020 at 07:05:39 PM EST
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More likely they're being completely cynical about killing off the elderly to lower the UK's pension costs and NHS budget.

Of course it doesn't have to be either/or.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 09:25:10 PM EST
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The response in Sweden has been slow, in particular when it comes to people returing after skiing in Italy late February. This week everything has been happening rapidly.

Following the debate - and to the credit of public service television they have invited researchers in the same field with different points of views for informed discussions - it appears that the relevant authority followed largely the modeling done in Britain which mandated control of the vulnerable, and otherwise letting the disaese run its course. There appears to have been economic modeling involved. And on one hand it is reasonable to include the wider society in models, but on the other economic models are to a large extent crap. So it would be interesting to actually read those models.

by fjallstrom on Fri Mar 20th, 2020 at 10:06:45 AM EST
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Är coronakrisen det tredje världskriget? | Aftonbladet |

    Normalt vet regeringar och riksbankschefer vad som behöver göras i en kris för att få igång de ekonomiska hjulen. Den här gången verkar verktygslådan inte fungera.

    Världen är utsatt för ett enda stort experiment av aldrig tidigare skådat slag.

Normally, governments and governors know what needs to be done in a crisis to get the economic wheels started. This time, the toolbox doesn't seem to work.

The world is subject to a single large experiment of unprecedented kind.

Country after country shuts down its boundaries and closes within its shell. Large parts of the economic activity are paralyzed. Air travel has stagnated. Restaurants, bars and cafes close. The hotels are empty. School students are forced to stay at home. Although Sweden in that case, so far, is an exception.

Temporarily freezing large parts of the world in a state of isolation for an indefinite period to fight an invisible enemy has never happened before.

Globally, it can save the lives of tens of thousands of people, but it also risks a slashing of the wealth that the world has built up for many years. The world is forced into self-destructive behavior to avoid the corona virus.

U.S. Stock Exchanges represents wealth of 50% of all others across the globe. In absolute numbers, a lot of wealth has been "lost".

IMF: Piercing The Veil

New research reveals that multinational firms have invested $12 trillion globally in empty corporate shells, and citizens of some financially unstable and oil-producing countries hold a disproportionately large share of the $7 trillion personal wealth stashed in tax havens.

Although Swiss Leaks, the Panama Papers, and recent disclosures from the offshore industry have revealed some of the intricate ways multinational firms and wealthy individuals use tax havens to escape paying their fair share, the offshore financial world remains highly opaque.

Tax Dodgers' 'Phantom' Cash Makes Up 40% of Foreign Investment | Bloomberg |

Still waiting for "trickle-down" economic benefits ... 1973 - 1987 - 2000 - 2001 - 2008 - 2020 ... if lucky, I will witness another decade. Am not holding my breath - banks and corporations are first in line doing the hoarding of BIG Government welfare. Trillions of funding after two decades of military industrial spending fighting an invisible enemy rearing its ugly head multiple times. The enemy is not "over there"... it's amongst us. We can't even produce sufficient N95 face masks and critical ventilators for IC patients, saving lives. Looking towards China ... the world is shaking.

New York - London - Luxembourg - Tel Aviv - Moscow - Hong Kong.


by Oui on Fri Mar 20th, 2020 at 11:23:33 AM EST
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risks a slashing of the wealth that the world has built up for many years
But not a slashing of the debt?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Mar 20th, 2020 at 06:40:22 PM EST
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Good to hear from you, melo. Stay safe!
by Bernard on Fri Mar 20th, 2020 at 07:05:00 PM EST
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Hi Bernard, thanks, you too!
Strange days...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 02:07:07 AM EST
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