Written by Dr John Lee retired professor of pathology and NHS consultant pathologist
Well done. This article is balanced and reasonable, and lays out an interesting counter- balance.
As a pathologist he is more credible than a layman.
The newspaper is a not a great teller of truth, but in this case the quality of the argument makes that less important.
It is obvious that the more you test the more you’ll find, and that there is also risk of over assigning causes of death. It is also obvious these will alter apparent mortality rates. What is most obvious of all is that the data is not clear enough right now, leading to confusion in non-standardised testing and controls.
I personally am happy with governments acting strongly in the face of uncertainty to protect citizens. If it turns out the science was wrong about mortality then we’ll soon find out.
What is most obvious is the dead bodies in such a short space of time. The spike in load on healthcare facilities is demonstrable, and the bodies in freezer trucks is too (see Italy now, New York in 10 days)
We do not stack bodies in freezer trucks for the flu.
Note that your comments on previous outbreaks and social distancing are not correct. It was used very successfully in the Spanish flu epidemic. Forbes article here. There are papers available online for a more considered examination, but this is an easy read.
Tsun tzu or a student thereof would not apply or approve of such methods of brute force population control. Your concerns are far more in the style of Machiavelli, who would certainly see this as a time to impose control. This is being done, with US leadership using this strategy for the last three years; create drama in the media, while in the background quietly dismantling entire government sectors, like for instance the infectious disease response people.
Keep looking for those. Would be interested to hear of them. The new internet censorship attempts, as well as stripping ancestral lands off First Nations peoples are two that are on my radar.
Other fascist-leaning governments will be doing the same things.
Re the Nz government and entering homes....we have our share of dickheads, like anywhere. A whole bunch of foreign backpackers had a party of 60 people the other day, and then there are some religious cults (provable description) attempting to ignore it as well. We like our police (could write a book of caveats on that statement) and the general consensus is “get in there son and sort those dickheads out”.