Alastair Benn

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Friday, 22 January 2021

30 per cent more lethal claim rests on "fragile and uncertain evidence", says NERVTAG member

The government’s frightening and unproven claim that the new variant of the Covid-19 virus is 30 per cent more lethal …

By Alastair Benn

Friday, 22 January 2021

Neil O'Brien is over the top. We need nuance in the lockdown debate

“Powerful Covid-sceptics in the media have got it wrong at every stage. They fought to stop or delay every measure …

By Alastair Benn

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Wish we were here: Amalfi Coast

A few years ago, after finishing university, I and three friends (we’re a cosmopolitan bunch – a Scotsman, a Frenchman, …

By Alastair Benn

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Jog on: why we shouldn't worry about outdoor transmission

Didn’t that jogger come a bit close to me? Wasn’t he panting all over the place? Shouldn’t I have made …

By Alastair Benn

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Vaccine joy masks harm done by restrictions

The cavalry has arrived in the shape of an easily distributable, cheap and effective vaccine, thanks to the joint endeavours …

By Alastair Benn

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Love Actually, lockdowns and the vast arrogance of the entitled professional class

How many times have you broken the Covid-19 rules? Some of my friends who are sticklers for the rules in …

By Alastair Benn

Monday, 30 November 2020

Michael Gove is wrong - we need a change of approach

Michael Gove’s intervention in The Times on Saturday, a 2,000 word long “Weekend Essay” on the rationale for lockdowns (“Lockdown …

By Alastair Benn

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

AstraZeneca vaccine: problems with the trials

The Oxford vaccine, developed in tandem with AstraZeneca, has so far been covered in the press as a “game-changing” contribution …

By Alastair Benn