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The Science-Free Approach

Leaked WhatsApp messages from a British politician gives us insight to how the government made lockdown and school closure policies: based on personal sentiment and politics. 

Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock had thousands of WhatsApp messages leaked to The Daily Telegraph by journalist Isabel Oakeshott. She was hired to help Hancock write a book but she leaked the material because she thought that it was in the public interest.

The texts show Hancock fighting the education secretary to keep schools closed and keeping certain nonsensical policies in place such as the requirement to send students with false positive Covid tests home. He also fights to keep mask mandates in place to appease Scotland.

None of this is based in science. It was all pure politics.

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