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Summary

In January 2020, leading epidemiologist Professor Mark Woolhouse learned of a new virus taking hold in China. He immediately foresaw a hard road ahead for the entire world and emailed the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland warning that the UK should urgently begin preparations. A few days later he received a polite reply stating only that everything was under control.

In this astonishing account, Mark Woolhouse shares his story as an insider, having served on advisory groups to both the Scottish and UK governments. He reveals the disregarded advice, frustration of dealing with politicians and the missteps that led to the deaths of vulnerable people, damage to livelihoods and the disruption of education. He explains the follies of lockdown and sets out the alternatives. Finally, he warns that when the next pandemic comes, we must not dither and we must not panic; never again should we make a global crisis even worse.

The Year the World Went Mad puts our recent, devastating, history in a completely new light.

©2022 Mark Woolhouse (P)2022 W F Howes

Critic reviews

"Fascinating." (Tom Whipple, The Times)

"Devastating." (Harry de Quetteville, The Sunday Telegraph)

"A glorious example of great science communication." (Fiona Fox, Science Media Centre)

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More Lies & Misinformation

This book offers a tiny insight into the corruption and mismanagement involved in the pandemic but the author is ultimately still a government stooge who goes no where near far enough in revealing the truth. I recommend "The Real Anthony Fauci" and "A State Of Fear: How the UK Government Weaponised Fear During The COVID-19 Pandemic" as much truer reflections. The ultimate point to note is that honestly there was no pandemic. The global death rate barely rose in 2020 and was actually LOWER than in 2015 and in EVERY SINGLE YEAR PRECEDING!!

The real pandemic was the lies, deceit and corruption perpetrated by the big pharmas, MSM and worldwide governments that resulted in the biggest transfer of wealth the world has ever know!

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Fascinating

Critical thinking and a non-partisan, rational dialogue surrounding the events of the past few years is vital. I particularly like the examples of 'resulting' bias discussed e.g. Matt Hancock's gamble on vaccines coming to the rescue not necessarily being the right move even though it worked. A thought provoking book to say the least. The long-term effects of lockdowns remain to be seen...

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A good listen but I am not sure I particularly like the author

I fully support the author’s stance on lockdown, and he flags up many other shortcomings of the public health system, government reaction which I fully accept. There is however a bit of a condescending tone throughout, in that he says he knew what was going to happen all along and that he and his team knew best and were ignored. Also I think there is a bit of distancing from the Sage decisions which are now being shown to be incorrect, I ended up feeling that I didn’t really like the author. I expect he enjoyed his exposure on tv and radio as an ‘expert’

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A serious study in alternative approaches

This book suggests that we could have achieved better results during the pandemic if the authorities had acted more quickly and with precision. His arguments are persuasive and indicate that might have saved many more lives while causing much less cost and disruption. An interesting example is that he suggests that the stay at home advice during lock down rather than go to the beach or walking caused much economic and mental health damage while being pointless, with zero evidence that transmission happened in the outdoors with social distancing in place. It is an easy read and well structured.

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This book should be compulsory reading

An insightful book that unspectacularly and understatedly highlights just what a total mess SAGE made of the pandemic. After reading it you are left with a modicum of sympathy for the politicians who were led like donkeys into eternal lockdown. One would hope that the judicial review will call Mark Woolhouse for evidence. What gets me is that some of the public health SMEs purposely maximised collateral damage of unimaginable size and without personal consequence.

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Lockdown scepticism will become the mainstream

First of all I think any potential reader should know that despite the provocative title, robust tone and a forward by Matt Ridley this is not a new entry in the culture wars. The author is a leading scientist and while not having the profile of some of his peers he was an important figure in determining the UK covid strategy, particularly in Scotland. His main contention is that lockdowns were not justified and did not achieve much given their enormous costs and he spends most of this book justifying this point. As such it is not a particularly rewarding audiobook but does make some excellent points about the inconsistencies in the lockdown strategy.