SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies); my arse!
More like “Stupid Arses Gouge Economy”
Oh, and how they laughed at the acronym!
This paper republished in the British Medical Journal on 7th October states in its summary the following:
The findings of this study suggest that prompt interventions were shown to be highly effective at reducing peak demand for intensive care unit (ICU) beds but also prolong the epidemic, in some cases resulting in more deaths long term. This happens because covid-19 related mortality is highly skewed towards older age groups. In the absence of an effective vaccination programme, none of the proposed mitigation strategies in the UK would reduce the predicted total number of deaths below 200 000. https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m3588#