Locking the British public in their homes by law should not be viewed as a solution to anything, says Dan Wootton

Given the seismic consequences of a lockdown policy, which was never part of our pandemic planning, you must agree with me that it’s strange it is virtually never mentioned by the media or ruling class

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How typical that the most important question Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak could be asked during this entire leadership campaign didn’t come from an MSM journalist or TV presenter.

They no longer seem to ask the questions that really matter.

Instead, it was from a member of the public at last night’s Conservative party hustings in Exeter.

That answer is confirmation of what I’ve known for the past two years: Liz Truss was not in favour of the devastating Covid lockdowns that destroyed our economy and trampled all over our civil liberties.

Think about virtually every crisis this country is currently facing: the cost-of-living hell, labour shortages, the NHS backlog, an education deficit and a mental health epidemic to name just a few.

All of them have their roots in the completely ludicrous and unnecessary way the western world followed China into totalitarian lockdowns for Covid, with the establishment and globalist elite then convincing themselves it was the right decision.

Given the seismic consequences of a lockdown policy, which was never part of our pandemic planning, you must agree with me that it’s strange it is virtually never mentioned by the media or ruling class.

It makes me so goddamn angry not one journalist at any of the TV debates or hustings even asked a question about the lockdown policy until that brilliant woman raised the elephant in the room last night.

No policy matters more. No policy has destroyed our finances in this way – or destroyed so many lives.

The reason they don’t want to discuss the growing proof that lockdowns are the biggest public health policy of all time is because it shows how wrong they were.

Wrong to destroy children’s education for two years.

Wrong to deny folk the chance to sit with loved ones as they took their last breath on earth.

Wrong to cancel weddings.

Wrong to shutter businesses.

Wrong to discourage treatment of non-Covid conditions.

In fairness, Rishi Sunak was also one of the more lockdown sceptical senior Cabinet ministers but, as Chancellor, he only stepped in stop restrictions being introduced over Omicron in December.

That was great, absolutely. Well done on that. But it was also too little too late by December 2021.

I’m also concerned that the lockdown zealots of the administration like Matt Hancock, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid are far more likely to secure roles under Sunak as Prime Minister.

Today I’ve heard all the usual suspects say that Truss has been irresponsible to make such a blanket statement. Wrong.

She would have been irresponsible not to.

That doesn’t mean there can’t be responsible public health messaging if there’s another virus.

But, now we know the consequences, locking the British public in their homes by law should not be viewed as a solution to anything.