The Swedish sickness is a political as well as a medical disaster. Professor Johan Giesecke
, an adviser to the Swedish government alongside Tegnell, became a star of the rightwing web as he lectured other governments on the futility
of their tough measures. British Conservative commentators have boomed out claims that Sweden showed there was no need to close the UK economy. Sweden had “held its nerve”
, they gushed, in much the same way communists once gushed about the Soviet Union. They praised Johnson for holding his nerve for a few weeks while he let the virus run amok, but damned him as a “scaredy cat”
and “pant-wetter” as he U-turned
and locked Britain down. Don’t be too quick to scoff at pundits who never made it out of the prep-school playground. They may talk like prepubescents but their readers are running and wrecking the country.