Keep Oxfordshire Open!
Sign the petition demanding no more lockdowns! Protect the vulnerable and let healthy people run their businesses and live their lives
We believe that there is no clear evidence to show that lockdowns achieve anything other than create economic hardship and cause untold devastation to the fabric of our society. We should be challenging local and national government and demanding more transparency about lockdown decisions.
Boris Johnson has now plunged England into a third national lockdown and the entire country has been moved to Covid Alert Level 5. The lockdown means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. In an address to the nation, the Prime Minister said the new coronavirus variant – which is 50 to 70% more transmissible – was spreading in a “frustrating and alarming” manner.
But what evidence do we have about this new 'mutant strain'? Is it more infectious? Carl Heneghan of the Centre for Evidence based Medicine asked to see the evidence.
“I’ve been doing this job for 25 years and I can tell you can’t establish a quantifiable number in such a short time frame. I would want to have very clear evidence rather than ‘we think it’s more transmissible’ so we can see if it is or not. “It has massive implications, it’s causing fear and panic, but we should not be in this situation when the Government is putting out data that is unquantifiable.”
And Dr Mike Yeadon isn’t convinced.
"I suspect it’s invented. It’s one of around 40,000 variants, typically emerging from error prone replication. It would be funny if it weren’t so serious if it turns out to be an asymptomatic variant: easy to catch & pass on but doesn’t make you ill.
We could call it a vaccine."
— Yardley Yeadon (@MichaelYeadon3) December 20, 2020
And Dr Clare Craig highlights some key points in a piece of data analysis done by Joel Smalley on Twitter showing that, in fact, the level of hospital admissions is completely normal for this time of year, as is winter mortality.
It is clear yet again that we are having another lockdown forced upon us based on unreliable and unsubstantiated data. We need to keep up the pressure on government to provide more transparency. Please consider signing the petition below which we plan to send to your local MP, as well as the Mayor and Council leaders.