BORIS Johnson has asked the Covid inquiry to explain what the benefit was of a precaution that stopped people dying.
The former prime minister admitted during his public grilling that he still cannot see the value of lockdowns because all they did was protect the public from a deadly virus that was incurable at the time.
Johnson said: “Chris Whitty tried to get this through my head dozens of times with glove puppets but I still don’t get it. Staying at home plus time equals more alive people… yeah, okay, but so what?
“If Covid didn’t finish off the vulnerable or the elderly then something else would have. Do we know how many of them died from sitting on their arses watching Tiger King? You should investigate that next.
“All I’m saying is let’s look at the bigger picture. The economy took a hit, freshers were deprived of misguided hookups, and everyone went a bit insane. Was that really worth the price of a few tens of thousands of lives? I’m not convinced it was.
“And if I can look like a brave anti-lockdown hero to the Telegraph and anti-vax nutters by shamelessly lying about established facts, that’s all in a day’s work for me.”
He added: “I suppose people do like it when they and their loved ones are alive… no, sorry, thought I was onto something there but it got away from me.”