I really appreciated the thoughtful letter “The Cost of War” regarding our outgoing leader and his lack of consideration of human lives versus economic damage.
However, we miss the real balancing of factors in that nations which value good governance saw the ‘war’ not as an either or but, as ‘do the simple stuff’ and the rest will fall into place. Meaning, that after the initial lockdown, which most all nations followed, they continued with the ongoing and extremely cheap fix of getting their populations to just distance, wear masks and hand wash along with effective contact tracing. Pretty damn cheap and easy if leadership would have gotten behind these no brainer solutions. Not only would the “war” have been won much as the Taiwanese, Chinese, Singaporean, New Zealanders and Icelanders mysteriously did but they saved their economies to a far greater degree than the “economy versus lockdown” nations did.
So the easy and cheap solutions proved to be the far more effective ones. That really underlines the high cost of incompetent leadership. Oh, and how could I forget. They saved far more lives as well. Lessons anyone?