This week’s topic is of huge importance.
I will be talking extensively about Lockdown 2.0 and the economic impact of these policies on London, the UK and the global economy.
Join me as I discuss criticism of the government’s fearmongering approach to the data which was suggested supports their actions, something that has been roundly criticised by scientists, academics, former Prime Ministers and even the UK Statistics Authority for the way it presented data to justify England’s second lockdown.
As we enter this renewed period of our economy being shut down, I will also be exploring Quality Adjusted Life Year metrics to understand in more detail the links between the economic damage being done and how this relates to public health, as well as underlining exactly what this means for the UK going forwards.
With the latest forecasts suggesting that we are about to plunge into a double dip recession, with GDP estimated to be falling to double digit reduction levels and unemployment rising rapidly, there has never been a more important time to hold this current crop of politicians with their vested interests to account.
We need to get London back to work, not close the shutters on those businesses that make this city tick and play a fundamental role in our national prosperity.
I spoke with David Miles, Professor of Financial Economics at the Imperial College, and we discussed what lies ahead, how we can prepare for the negative economic shock, and of course, whether the harsh measures in place are the right thing to do in the circumstances. He was clear about one thing: uncertainty kills the economy.
It’s more crucial than ever that we have these vital discussions and address the fundamental issues affecting all of our lives. We must find a way together, to ensure that nobody is left behind and to regain some sense of hope and normalcy.
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