Some commentators on the lockdown have strived to make a case for what seems a superior kind of caring, one that disdains the implicitly selfish and grubby business of the “economy” in favour of the altogether more estimable virtue of “lives”.

A few tolerate the inseparability of the two, but most invariably reach a point where the temptation to pursue proxy ideological warfare proves too great, and so leave the path of reason...

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