I would stress, that there is no such thing as social murder in British law. Whether that is a good or bad thing is open to debate. What is clear is that no one can be charged with an offence that does not exist. That said, I do wonder how far from manslaughter it might be?
I have three thoughts ion this article, which has been the subject of much debate in the Murphy household over the last few days.
The first is to ask whether this is a useful concept. My suggestion is that it is. In a recent post I suggested that I thought the primary goal of the government was to protect people from fear. I suggested that our government was not doing that. One way in which it fails is by not protecting them from unnecessary early death.
This is over covid of course. If public policy was recklessly bad then people die and that’s social murder.
Fair enough. So, what next?
Well, economic policy in both Venezuela and Zimbabwe was print the snot out of the money supply and go spend it. Modern Monetary Theory that is. The results were that many people have in fact died as the economies imploded.
Therefore MMT enthusiasts must be punished as accessories to social murder, right?