The government’s Covid policy seems to be constantly under fire from experts and commentators. Since March, one of the crucial stories of the UK’s coronavirus crisis has revolved around Downing Street’s struggle to get a coherent and effective strategy together to combat the virus. What has changed between the beginning of the crisis and now, however, is the growing body of scientific evidence on which lockdown sceptics can draw. A political position that has often been dismissed as an abstract, philosophical concern about civil liberties or derided as irresponsible and uncaring is now increasingly grounded in the latest studies from leading scientists.