Sweden's Covid-19 failures have exposed the myths of the lockdown-sceptics - 2020-12-21
Many strange things happened in 2020, but one of the strangest was the romance between Britain's Covid-sceptics and Sweden. It turned out to be an ill-fated one, ending in tragedy, but it was intense while it lasted.
For much of this year, those who object to measures to control the virus have hailed Sweden as a libertarian paradise, supposedly showing us how Covid-19 could be kept under control without intrusive government restrictions.
Of late, these champions have fallen silent. It's not hard to explain why. Recent days have seen Sweden's Nordic neighbours Finland and Norway offering emergency medical assistance as Stockholm's hospitals have been overwhelmed, infections and deaths have spiked dramatically upward, and the King of Sweden has made an unprecedented criticism of the government's bungled strategy.