4 thoughts on “Enough of the “coronfirmation bias” – the pandemic has not vindicated anyone”

  1. Posted 09/02/2021 at 14:01 | Permalink

    I am not convinced that your last comment is correct. I think it might arise from confirmation bias. I am suffering from it myself when i say this, though. I think you might find that the countries that used very specific containment measures were countries where this was relatively easy to do both technically and culturally and/or they had had sars experience. Containment measures in countries such as the US and UK are just very difficult.

  2. Posted 09/02/2021 at 21:16 | Permalink

    Good ideas Kristian. I’m of the Left and yet having spent quite some time in NHS hospitals I can personally vouch that they are inefficient, poorly run with simply dreadful procurement systems and have terrible patient outcomes considering the money we spend on the institution.

    However, the debate seems to be framed by comparing the NHS with the dreadful system in the USA rather than the much better systems in Europe and elsewhere.

    It IS perfectly possible to have a competitive and efficient health service at the same time as providing universal health care. I hesitate to add the word “free” to that description because the NHS is certainly far from free itself.

  3. Posted 09/02/2021 at 21:28 | Permalink

    A Hayekian cry of narcissistic rage being reflected by the uselessness of markets in a pandemic-Hayek became a fascist in fear of the moral turpitude of what he had unleashed-you just spew hollow hopes for a post NHS bonanza going up in smoke.

  4. Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:29 | Permalink

    Some interesting points, but rather naïve conclusions and there are many. Excess deaths are not a measure of effectiveness. All we can discern from the excess death rate; is that deaths are higher than they normally are. The reasons (and we have to wait for the analysis) are multifactorial, but will almost certainly include, the higher that average levels of obesity we have in the UK. The UK has the 6th highest rate in the world (OECD 2017) and 20% higher than Korea. Equally, if you look at poverty, the UK is ranked 32/36 for highest poverty gap (OECD 2017).

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