‘Our response to Covid-19 could end up being worse than the disease itself’



Brendan O’Neill talks to Eamon Dunphy about coronavirus, government overreaction, and the need for social solidarity over the destructive politics of identity.

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mister wallace

20th March 2020 at 7:52 am

Could end up? No, will end up. It gives all the authoritarian politicians the chance to control, er save, their people while destroying the world economy. More people on welfare that way.

Gareth Edward KING

19th March 2020 at 8:11 pm

Yes, exactly. No, we don’t want to be enforcing people to stay at home on pain of state oppression, because that is what is happening in Spain since a state of emergency was decreed Sunday. At the moment, the Sánchez government has the support of the populace, in fact, criticisms inply that the government didn’t act sooner or hard enough. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet how much life has been sucked out of society. With the threat of a fine you are not entitled to be out on the street, except for very limited reasons nor should you be accompanied (excepting by children or the elderly). In El País yesterday it was reported that being with one’s children in a public place can evoke greater suspicion (reservoirs of disease) that simply taking the dog out. That sounds like a recipe for disaster and discord especially since schools have been closed for the past ten days. I hope that this ‘coup by decree’ will all be over by March 30th but it’s not expected to be.

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