MPs do not have the indisputable evidence to justify a second lockdown

A perilous leap

LOCKING down the world’s fifth-biggest economy will claim lives and livelihoods. MPs must have cast-iron, indisputable ­evidence for such a monumental decision today. We don’t believe they have it.

We are told it is vital to push the national “R” infection rate back below one and put Covid into reverse.

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Otherwise daily deaths could explode to 4,000 and our hospitals could be overwhelmed.

That deaths forecast has been branded a “Noddyland” number by ex-Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption, and with good reason. It would be far beyond the experience even of vastly bigger nations than ours. It is utterly implausible.

As for the R rate, a King’s College study reveals it is ALREADY below one.

It is true some hospitals, especially in the North West, are under immense pressure and we salute the NHS staff working heroically there.

But many elsewhere have few Covid patients or none. The NHS simply fears they soon might.

We accept Boris Johnson has no good options. For all of Labour’s juvenile and relentless point-scoring, the PM has acted no later than other European leaders and besides needed time to give his “tiers” system a chance to work.

The irony is that it IS working. Liverpool, which went into Tier 3 first, has seen its surge slashed by almost half. Yet these effective local curbs are being hastily binned to spread job-wrecking, freedom-crushing misery to all parts.

To cap it all the Government, while liberally dishing out often flawed stats, has released no assessment of the economic or non-Covid health impact of a new lockdown. MPs cannot know if they are about to do more harm than good.

Just as current measures are working and our economy healing, we will take a giant, sightless leap back into the abyss.

This should trouble politicians and the public far more than it appears to.

Becks mission

WHAT a superstar David Beckham still is­­ — charming the Chelsea Pensioners and backing The Sun’s campaign to save the Poppy Appeal.

With lockdown looming, today is your last day to buy a poppy in person. But you’ll still be able to donate online.

And, even locked down, we can still hold a two-minute doorstep silence for our fallen heroes on November 11.

As Becks says, we owe so much to our veterans . . . and it is vital the British Legion can carry on supporting them.

It must not become a Covid casualty.

Go in peace

BY the time you read this we should know if it’s Trump or Biden.

But whichever way the election has gone, we have one wish:
That the result is clear and the loser’s supporters accept it without violence.

With the US at its most volatile since the 1960s, we’re not optimistic.

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