Alastair Benn

Reaction Contributor

Friday, 16 October 2020

Robert Dingwall interview: the damage done by our refusal to accept disease and death are part of life

In this interview with Reaction’s Deputy Editor Alastair Benn, Professor Robert Dingwall of Nottingham Trent University argues that the UK’s …

By Alastair Benn

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Boris is right not to be ruled by SAGE

It emerged last night that Boris Johnson ignored advice from the government’s committee of scientific advisers, the SAGE group, to …

By Alastair Benn

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Hugh Pennington interview: Covid-19 is about superspreading, and there is no second wave

I was joined by Professor Hugh Pennington, an emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen. He chaired inquiries …

By Alastair Benn

Friday, 2 October 2020

We are throwing the working class under the bus - an interview with Professor Martin Kulldorff

In this interview with Reaction’s Deputy Editor Alastair Benn, Martin Kulldorff, Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and leading …

By Alastair Benn

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

This authoritarian government is out of control

As Western economies, especially Western cities, have felt more and more broadly assimilated in cultural terms, the search for “the …

By Alastair Benn

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Rising coronavirus cases alone do not justify aggressive control measures

The British government’s approach to the Coronavirus pandemic is an uncomfortable accommodation between instincts – to nudge or to push. …

By Alastair Benn

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

The Sopranos, post-War culture and a dated Worst Night of the Proms

In one of the most prescient episodes of The Sopranos, the news that a Native American pressure group is set …

By Alastair Benn

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Politicians should give up the war rhetoric - we must learn to live with the virus

In Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The Seventh Seal, set during the Black Death, a group of travelling players performs an absurd …

By Alastair Benn

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Mandatory masks are an insult to our intelligence

Were pandemics possible in Neolithic times? It is hard to imagine a ‘superspreading’ event among cavemen. No, disease, is a …

By Alastair Benn