Lockdowns: More Harm Than Good? Debate…

Lockdowns: More Harm Than Good? Debate…

From The Daily Sceptic

The Modern Review has uploaded a video of the Great Lockdown Debate on YouTube that you can watch here  – or click on the video [above].

Readers will recall that the motion was ‘The lockdowns of the past year caused more harm than good’, with Dr. Carl Heneghan, Luke Johnson and me speaking for the motion, and Oliver Kamm, Andrew Lilico and Dr. Sonia Adesara speaking against. Not only did our side win by an enormous margin, but we also succeeded in changing more people’s minds than the other side.

If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, watch from 1hr 24m 20s, which is when things got really lively.

Comments (11)

  • editor Reply

    N O T I C E . . .

    I have just received the following email from a reader, seeking prayers for his wife, Janice – she is expecting twins and has taken ill…

    … [Janice] was ill yesterday and went to the GP, who gave her antibiotics. Later on she was violently sick and could hardly stay awake. She called the Maternity Hospital and was told to come in. Of course, they insisted on a test for the Chinese virus and it’s positive. She’s been in hospital since and is very dehydrated and low in potassium. Thankfully, the babies are fine to date, thanks be to God. She’s not eaten anything for two days.

    Please pray for Janice – entrusting her well-being (and her unborn twins) to the loving care of Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick…

    October 12, 2021 at 8:03 pm
    • Josephine Reply


      Deja vu! I’ve just promised to pray for Janice on the other thread (Divine Mercy).

      I’ve only watched from 1 hr 24 mins and it really was lively! The last speaker who is obviously pro-lockdowns, was livid, knowing that the facts were against him. I will watch the whole thing when I get time because Toby was terrific in summing up the case against lockdowns. Loved it!

      October 12, 2021 at 10:54 pm
    • Lily Reply


      I will pray for Janice, speedy recovery from Covid and safe delivery of twins.

      October 12, 2021 at 11:48 pm
    • Nicky Reply


      Sorry to learn about Janice – I suggest her husband prays to St Gerard Majella who is the patron saint of expectant mothers, as I have just offered a prayer to that great saint for her. It’s terrible to get Covid at this time and I hope her husband knows to be vigilant with the hospital authorities about her care. I hope they don’t take advantage to inject her with any of the Covid vaccines. I’d be wary of anything that’s experimental such as those vaccines.

      October 13, 2021 at 12:35 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      I will certainly pray for Janice.

      October 14, 2021 at 2:06 am
  • Fidelis Reply

    The supposed report into the government’s handling of Covid is a joke. It basically says the government should have locked down earlier. In other words this report is just a way of the government patting itself on the back. It’ll be year before the truth comes out about the real reason for the taking away of our freedoms. Wales is living under restrictions until 2022 and I am very certain that we’ll be back into lockdowns and more restrictions this winter.

    October 13, 2021 at 9:34 am
  • Nicky Reply

    The debate was very good indeed and the lively bit was really lively! It’s great that the anti-lockdown side won, and I think that reflects informed public opinion over the sheep who make up the majority. Well done, Toby Young!

    October 13, 2021 at 12:37 pm
  • Laura Reply

    I haven’t watched the whole video yet but I am very impressed with Toby Young and the way he rammed home the fact that anyone who questions that government narrative is branded a covid denier or a conspiracy theorist. That is so true and “anti-vaxxer” as well if you dare to ask about that particular medical experiment.

    I did skip to the lively bit before starting at the beginning but the speaker who was pro-lockdown was not impressive and kept ignoring the chairperson’s instructions, which is never a good idea in a debate.

    October 13, 2021 at 2:29 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    It was an uphill struggle for Toby Young and even though the audience applauded some of his points, you could see some of the other panellists had that blinkered, bored and ‘minds made up and we know better’ attitude.

    October 13, 2021 at 2:35 pm
    • Laura Reply

      Westminster Fly,

      I agree, those who just don’t want to know, don’t want to hear the evidence and definitely won’t accept it. I can’t fathom what is going on in their minds at all.

      October 13, 2021 at 2:41 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Not a lot, probably. Either that or they have vested interests in keeping the covid saga going.

        October 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

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