New penalties for breaking Covid travel rules are right – and they are also an insult

Last Updated: February 9, 2021By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Matt Hancock: this vacant-eyed dimwit has helped cause the deaths of tens of thousands of people and will suffer no penalty for it – but he wants you to know that he can take £10,000 off of you, even if you do nothing to spread Covid-19.

Your Tory government – the one that just admitted ignoring scientific advice in a way that caused tens of thousands of deaths – has just imposed new penalties for breaking Covid-19-related travel bans.

The rules include:

Ten year jail terms… could be given to anyone who lies on a passenger locator form to hide they have been to red-list country within ten days before arriving, from which travellers will have to quarantine in hotels for up to ten days.

Anyone arriving from one of the 33 red list countries will have to pay £1,750, which will cover the cost of their hotel stay, transport to the hotel, and their coronavirus tests.

Anyone arriving in the UK from any country will need to take two Covid tests before being allowed to leave isolation, whether they are quarantining at home or a hotel.

This is on top of a negative test result required 72 hours before travelling.

Anyone in England who does not comply with the rules faces fines of up to £10,000.

It is reasonable to impose new controls to restrict the spread of Covid-19 – including the fines (although I don’t think people should have to pay the cost of following those controls that are being forced on them).

My problem is this:

These controls, imposing huge financial penalties and imprisonment on people who may not spread Covid at all, are penalties for ignoring advice from a government that has admitted causing tens of thousands of deathsby ignoring advice from scientists.

Boris Johnson hasn’t paid a fine – and I would expect him to have to pay a lot more than £10,000, considering the megadeaths he has caused, the harm to families across the UK and to the national economy as well.

Boris Johnson hasn’t gone to jail. What’s the sentence for causing tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths?

So, while I agree with the principal behind the new rules, I don’t believe Johnson’s Conservative government has any moral authority to impose them.

In fact, I would go as far as to say:

It is an insult. Johnson and his Tories are telling us not only that they can get away with causing thousands upon thousands of deaths, but also that they can inflict further harm on us – at will – whenever they feel like it.

Source: Ten year jail terms and £10,00 fines for breaking Covid travel rules as border controls tightened | ITV News

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  1. sjenks2014 February 9, 2021 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    even worse is that they still only “in talks” re the provision of 4600 hotel rooms for those travellers, so even with flights only filled to a fraction of normal capacity, it clearly don’t take a rocket scientist (not that this INCOMPETENT shower would listen to him/her, anyway!) to work out that that’s TOTALLY inadequate in the 1st place.

    e.g. on that ITV news bulletin, there was easily a dozen overseas flights arriving at one only UK airport in just one afternoon.

    when you scale that up for even a full week of flights and include all the other major UK airports, and then factor in that they won’t be leaving those rooms for the quarantine period, then the 4600 rooms will clearly be full in just a couple of days, without any room for any more travellers.

  2. Thomas February 10, 2021 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Never mind a fine, Johnson deserves serious jail time – I have him down as guilty on 100,000 counts of manslaughter.

  3. Hecuba February 10, 2021 at 11:34 am - Reply

    This is what a fascist dictatorship does – they threaten us peasants with imprisonment if we dare to break their nonsensical rules. But the fascist boys aren’t imprisoned for causing over 100,150 deaths!! Fascist dictator little dick johnson is laughing at us and we peasants are too stupid to realise this is what is happening!

    I expect little fascist dictator dick johnson to resign in the next 18 months and he won’t be charged with any crime because he is above the law!

    The fascist tory criminal gang who claim to be the government are accountable for instigating mass murder, defrauding the public and colluding with their worthless corporate buddies in enriching themselves whilst we peasants continue to endure an endless pandemic!

    Do not forget fascist little dictator dick johnson has overidden Parliament because he knows Parliament has no power whatsoever given the real political power and control is being held by the greedy, cruel and unscrupulous contemptible fascist tories!

  4. bevchat February 10, 2021 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    These same people who have brought in these new rules are also the same people who defended Dominic Cummins when he lied about his trip up to Durham with his wife and child when he drove up there to test his supposedly ‘eye sight’ in the first Lockdown!!! Should he face a prison sentence too then?

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