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The virus is no worse here but our economy is suffering more

Dan O'Brien


We have overstated the health risks but not given sufficient attention to the economic effects of the pandemic

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'The balance of risks we now face is like nothing society has faced in living memory.' (Stock image)

'The balance of risks we now face is like nothing society has faced in living memory.' (Stock image)

'The balance of risks we now face is like nothing society has faced in living memory.' (Stock image)

Litigation, and the threat thereof, made news last week. In the middle of a pandemic and economic collapse, news bulletins led with reports of teachers' fears they would be sued by students who might be unhappy with their grades. In no other country is there a national discussion about school children lawyering up over an emergency response to exam cancellation.

Suing people and organisations which cause you harm is an important right in free society. Being protected from vexatious claims is also important. Balancing the two is not easy.


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