Lionel Shriver lambasts ‘lockdown lockstep’ of media and government

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Author and columnist Lionel Shriver has criticised the government’s coronavirus lockdown and its portrayal in the media.

“The media and the government are in lockdown lockstep,” she told talkRADIO’s Dan Wootton.

Ms Shriver said that those who opposed the social distancing laws put in place to tackle Covid-19 were viewed as “treasonous”.

“The understanding is that anybody who says a discouraging word about this approach is somehow out of it, or murderous in intent, or they don’t care about old people,” she said.

According to the journalist, the government’s response to coronavirus has been “flagrantly self-destructive, if not suicidal”.

Referring to the economic impact of the draconian measures, she said: “Every day we’re in lockdown, you can’t see it, you can’t hear it, but this country is falling apart.

“We have to get away from this opposition that it’s either money or people’s lives. Money is to do with people’s lives, it keeps us alive.

“The economy is not just an abstraction and it’s not just about greed and piling up a big bank account. It’s about being able to have enough money in your pocket to got to the supermarket and buy dinner.”

The UK is now in its fifth week of lockdown. The government has said death and infection rates need to consistently decrease for it to be lifted.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said the pandemic will have “serious implications” on the UK economy but that the country’s finances are expected to “bounce back”.

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