The U.S. Supreme Court, in Tandon v. Newsom, prevents the Covidocracy from squelching at least some First Amendment rights. Unfortunately, in Canada the Covidocracy is less constrained in battering religious freedoms. Britain is no longer a free country: Pubs and bars face fines or the removal of their licences over queues on the street after officials threatened to crack down on the most popular venues as they reopened on Monday. Scores of people queued outside pubs around the country as they reopened for business in line with the second step of lockdown easing. Ross Clark reports on a new study of the effects of lockdowns on children’s education. These effects aren’t happy ones. A slice: The Oxford study looked at test results in eight to 11-year-olds in 15 per cent of Dutch primary
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Pubs and bars face fines or the removal of their licences over queues on the street after officials threatened to crack down on the most popular venues as they reopened on Monday.
The Oxford study looked at test results in eight to 11-year-olds in 15 per cent of Dutch primary schools and compared the change in performance between February and June with what it had been in previous years. It found that 10-year-olds were, by a small margin, the age group most affected. Reading skills were most affected, followed by maths and spelling. The drop-off in performance was most acute among those who, prior to lockdown, had been in the middle of the ability range. Those at the top fared a little less badly, perhaps because they had more motivation to work during lockdown. Those at the bottom also fared a little less badly, possibly because their performance had less far to fall. Girls’ performance lapsed a little more than that of boys.
The science on lockdowns is not monolithic. There are many scientists who disagree strongly with what has been happening.
But this isn’t just a scientific question. It’s an economic question. It’s an educational question. It’s a moral question. You have to ask whether it is worth wrecking our economy, our children’s education and our social fabric in order to prevent deaths. That is a fundamentally political issue. Scientists can tell us that they think that the consequences of this or that policy will be X number of deaths, Y number of infections, Z number of hospitalisations. But they can’t say that we ought to have a lockdown – unless they are prepared to devote an equal amount of study to the collateral consequences of it.
Thankfully, a handful of politicians are speaking out against the madness. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said it best: “I say enough. I urge everyone to get the vaccine if you think you need or want it. And then I urge everyone in America to throw away their masks, demand their schools be open, and live your lives free of more government mandates and interference. Burn your vaccine passport if they try to give it to you and vote out any politician who won’t do the same.”