Pandemic Audit: Dishonesty? Incompetence? Corruption?

 LISTEN | PLAY AUDIO 

As a humble member of the general public with no medical qualifications, it’s always a tricky question when defer my critical faculties, where to accept an expert or authority conclusion. I’m not a knee-jerk contrarian. I don’t subscribe to the conceit that trained expertise is incapable of weighing complex sets of variables, like the efficacy of a public health measure ought to (and usually does) include cost-benefit analysis of factors beyond short-term data models relating solely to the measure’s first order effects.

It was therefore surprising to observe my faith in the trustworthiness of government-institutional medical advice has been wholly eroded by the pandemic and I guess I’ve been forced to conclude that in both an individual and an institutional sense, public health leadership is either incompetent, dishonest or pursuing an agenda separate to (and often at odds with) their duty of care to the population.

This is the two year anniversary of the World Health Organisation declaring SARS-CoV-2 a global pandemic. For my own clarity of mind and in deference to the personal seriousness of condemning government as corrupt on such a hot button politicized issue, I’m going to run through the timeline of February 2020 to February 2022. Is it incompetence? Are they dishonest? Is there an agenda that supersedes (contradicts) duty of care? Or are there elements of all three, and if so, to what extent? These questions can only be answered by an audit of the chain of events that undermined, exposed and eventually destroyed my faith in government, public health and the cabal of pandemic officials. So here goes.