TOBY YOUNG UK (about his website)
In the days that followed the Telegraph article I was contacted by dozens of people, many of them scientists, who shared my reservations about the lockdown policy and were frustrated that it wasn’t being adequately scrutinised. Some had tried to get their views published in newspapers, either as letters or articles, but without success. That’s when I decided to set up Lockdown Sceptics. The idea was for it to serve as a hub for sceptical articles, academic papers and interviews that have appeared elsewhere, as well as to provide an opportunity for experts and non-experts to air views that they couldn’t get published elsewhere. From the start, I also welcomed rebuttals to these arguments and you can see a thoughtful response to my piece in the Critic by Sam Bowman here, as well as my reply to Sam’s critique here. I have been a critic of the lockdown policy almost from the moment the first lockdown was imposed in late March, but I’ve never been 100% certain it’s the wrong way to mitigate the impact of SARS-CoV-2 and am still open to having my mind changed (although I think that’s unlikely). The critical thing is that we should have an informed public debate.
Since starting this site I’ve recruited a team of people to help, including Will Jones, Charles Johnson, Jonathan Barr, Conor Chaplin and and Michael Curzon – and there are other people who’ve been sending me links to notable articles and blog posts from day one, notably Mitesh Karia, as well as people who’ve become regular contributors, such as Guy de la Bédoyère, Sinéad Murphy, Freddie Attenborough, Clare Craig, Mike Yeadon, David Livermore, Sean Walsh, Jonny Peppiatt, David McGrogan, John Fanning… and many more. Some of our regular contributors, such as the Senior Doctor, have had to remain anonymous because if it became known to their colleagues that they are sceptics it would seriously damage their careers. A special thanks to all of them, as well as to the team of moderators who’ve worked tirelessly to maintain a modicum of decorum in the comments and the forums. And particular thanks to all those readers who’ve made a donation towards the upkeep of the site. One person who has been involved from the very beginning is Ian Rons, who designed the website and maintains it to this day. He deserves heartfelt thanks.
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