Since I last wrote, the UK announced on January 26 the astonishing statistic that its Covid-19 death toll had passed 100,000, and on the same date that the country had the highest death rate per head of population globally.

A contrite Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government “truly did everything we could to minimise loss of life”. That more than 25% of those deaths took place since the beginning of this year, after another too little, too late national lockdown, makes his claim sound disingenuous...

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