Anne Marie Waters
September 15th 2020
Here we go again. Yet another rule has been plucked out of the air, yet another demand that we alter even the most basic elements of our lives – this time, talking to our neighbours.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed that stopping in the street to chat is now punishable by law. It’s surreal just to type that sentence. This level of power by government has become frighteningly ‘normal’ frighteningly fast. According to polls, the majority of people are content with a second nationwide lockdown. It’s an incredible and startling reality that so few people understand their freedom and the value of it, and how many are willing to trust a government that has already gotten so much wrong. Not only that, but it is a government breaking its own laws in plain sight, and yet, still they get away with it.
So what is the latest rule, and what is it based on? The answer to the first question is that we are not allowed to meet or mingle in groups of 6 or more, and the second answer is – nothing. There is simply no science behind this.
How do I know there’s no science behind it? Not because I’m a scientist, but because it is simply so obvious. Let’s look at just one news report on this.
In a report in the Sun, we’re told that we can not meet with more than 6 people indoors or out (this was previously 30). But it is the exemptions that make the whole thing farcical. Exemptions include:
- Work, school, or education
- Places of worship
- Dragon boat racing (whatever that is)
- Floorball (whatever that is)
- Gaelic sports
- Goalball (whatever that is)
- Ice hockey
- Octopush (apparently underwater hockey)
- Roller sports
- Rugby league
- Rugby union
- Ultimate frisbee
I kid you not! Some perhaps are understandable, like sailing, but rugby union?? How can anyone truly take this seriously? How can there be so many exemptions if this thing is so deadly? Does the virus take a break when people are engaged in a rugby scrum? It doesn’t make any sense.
Meanwhile, Sweden, which didn’t have a lockdown, is thinking of raising its limit from 50 to 500. Is the virus different in Sweden? What on earth is going on?
Back in the UK, Priti Patel has confirmed that she would be willing to report her neighbours to police if she happens to spot them mingling. She is urging ordinary British people to turn on each other. She’s encouraging a society of spying and snitching. Can this country become even more divided? Yes, and the government seems to want it that way.
Furthermore, this is the same Home Secretary who has done nothing, absolutely nothing, about the boat loads of illegal immigrants landing on Britain’s shores every day. Are they allowed in groups of 6 or more? You bet they are. No rules apply to the illegal immigrants.
This is a genuine scandal. I’m not suggesting COVID-19 isn’t a real issue, and I’m not denying that it has helped to kill 1,000s of people, but this response from the government is arbitrary, inconsistent, and draconian, but worst of all, it doesn’t have scientific backing. Science is science, and it is the same in Sweden as it is here. It is the same on a rugby pitch as it is on a suburban street, so why is it ok to play rugby (a close contact sport involving much more than 6 people) but not chat to neighbours down the road?
I have lost all trust in this government. It sometimes feels like they are deliberately trolling us with absurdities and outright hypocrisy. It feels like they are pushing and pushing to see what they can get away with. I’ve never known such an incredible time; unprecedented is the only word.
I know I’m not alone in being utterly sick and tired of this. Is it too much to ask that we have a competent government who puts our interests above those of illegal immigrants, that is clear with us about why they do what they do, and which does its best to protect our long term as well as short term interests?
We’ve got to stop voting for the Labour-Tory Party. We’ve got to change who is at the top while we still can. The power, as always, is in our own hands.
Anne Marie Waters
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