Hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
Up there with avian flu and "mad cow" disease, your swine thing was just another scare, designed to keep us all running around in circles like headless chickens, while those in power went about their nefarious business unimpeded.This is rot. The World Health Organisation declared a Phase Six Alert, which meant a pandemic was well underway. Nobody knew at that point whether the virus would just give you a snotty nose and make you feel a bit crap, - or kill you.
We were just lucky this time. Sooner or later, there is going to be a fatal one, and, unlike the pretty bad one of 1918, in which tens of millions died, the next one will benefit from the ease of international air travel.
There was a "cover your ass" element, but really, what's a hundred million to Gordon Brown?