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The Governments grossly unethical uses of its nudge unit inflated fear among the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, psychologists have saidprompting MPs to launch an investigation.|
A group of psychologists have written to Parliaments Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, warning that a team of civil servants dedicated to nudging public behavior during the pandemic were unaccountable and unethical.
The letters 40 professional signatoriesled by Dr Gary Sidley, a retired clinical psychologistsaid they opposed the use of manipulative slogans such as: If you go out you can spread it, people will die.
They also condemned the use of images of the acutely unwell in intensive care units on billboard and TV ads, as well as the macabre mono focus on showing the number of COVID-19 deaths without mention of mortality from other causes or the fact that, under normal circumstances, around 1,600 people die each day in the UK.
The signatories said it was highly questionable whether a civilized society should knowingly increase the emotional discomfort of its citizens as a means of gaining their compliance.
The letter added: Government scientists deploying fear, shame and scapegoating to change minds is an ethically dubious practice that in some respects resembles the tactics used by totalitarian regimes such as China, where the state inflicts pain on a subset of its population in an attempt to eliminate beliefs and behavior they perceive to be deviant.