Boris Johnson, it emerged this week, has finally decided to disagree with Sage, the committee of scientists that seems to have been running our response to the pandemic ever since it became clear we had an international crisis on our hands.
They had recommended the return of a full national lockdown of the sort imposed in March, on a temporary basis to halt the spread of the virus.
Such a step would have meant the wholesale suspension of the hospitality trade, closure of outlets such as gyms and hairdressers and a ban on any household mixing.
Their advocacy of this so-called ‘circuit-breaker’ shows how some members of the scientific community have lost their sense of proportion.
In essence, they want the entire wellbeing of the nation to be sacrificed on the altar of the fight against Covid.
But it ignores the devastating social and economic impact of Covid restrictions, and exaggerates the threat the disease poses.
Of course we must seek to save the lives of those seriously affected by the coronavirus, but we must not be so narrow-minded as to forget people suffering from other conditions and the catastrophic effect of our approach on the economy.
Here are the key issues lockdown advocates must take on board . . . and on which there has been a deafening silence from some of our leaders.