The need for public scrutiny of government policy has never been greater, but there’s less tolerance for dissent than usual. Anyone questioning Professor Ferguson's Imperial College analysis is likely to be met with howls of disdain.

The Government should not place too much confidence in any one model, or set of models, but should encourage different teams of experts to come up with predictions and challenge their rivals. It has been bizarre hear claims that we should be strictly guided by “the science” and that any scientist expressing dissent from the prevailing orthodoxy is behaving “irresponsibly”.

Of course the question of the title here is rhetorical. Here are some links to further reading on the topic:

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