Ms. Tett is almost convincing by putting ‘the costs’ of The Pandemic at arms length from herself, via Wilkerson ‘speculative models’, but then she gives the game away:
So I salute Wilkinson for publishing his speculative models — however contentious — and I wish others would do the same, including national treasuries, which must make their own private calculations of such trade-offs. Taboo or not, these numbers could at least spark proper democratic debate. In these troubled times, that’s something we badly need.
Checking my old copy of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, page 675 provides not an exact description of Tett’s thought process, self-apologetic strategy? via her self-presentation as an advocate of ‘proper democratic debate’…
‘What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything , and the value of nothing’