As Europe emerges from lockdown, the question hangs: was Sweden right? | Simon Jenkins

Posted by on May 15, 2020 6:22 am
Categories: Global Stories

Stockholm gambled in its response to coronavirus, but neither its economy nor its healthcare system have collapsed

Who on earth is right? We cannot all be right.

One country has all but dropped off the Covid-19 radar: Sweden. Just two months ago, it held hands with Britain in rejecting total lockdown and trusting “social distancing”. Then on 23 March, Boris Johnson did a U-turn, leaving Sweden and, to a lesser extent, Germany, on its own. Since then the divergence has become radical and political. Sweden’s centre-left government, darling of Bernie Sanders and world liberalism, is suddenly lauded by the libertarian right.

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