Boris Johnson seems to be introducing martial law in all but name, with the announcement of new ‘Covid martials’ to maintain social distancing in city centres.
Who will these people be? What will be their qualifications? Why should we let them bully us around? What penalties will we face if we don’t? Depending on the answers to these questions, this is the equivalent of introducing secret police to keep us all following the Tory dictator’s line. Perhaps you may think that is too strong a line to take, but that’s because you are British and will put up with almost anything.
We do all have our opinions, though – and a poll on this site shows that blameshifting attempts by Johnson and his cronies are not working.
Results so far show that 89.47 per cent of voters think Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, Dominic Cummings and the Tory government are responsible for the new rise in Covid-19 infections. A further 9.47 per cent blame their relaxation of lockdown. That’s 98.84 per cent of respondents (although this is of course an unscientific poll).
Only three people blamed young people and one person blamed seasonal change (which is known to trigger a rise in coronavirus-style infections).
Meanwhile the number of schools that have suffered Covid outbreaks is approaching 500:
478 UK Schools hit by Coronavirus:
• 279 England
• 106 Scotland
• 64 N. Ireland
• 29 Wales
• 431 pupils infected
• 106 teachers
• 31 schools with multiple infections
Source: A database compiling of newspaper reports, school websites and NHS updates.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) September 10, 2020
Pupils at these schools have been sent home again to self-isolate until they get the all-clear – meaning their education is suffering still more disruption and their parents are unable to go back to work; someone has to look after them.
Experts said reopening schools would push infections up.
And parents are safer staying home to look after their kids: it keeps them off public transport and out of enclosed offices and workplaces, which are known to be the best environments for the virus to spread.
Pubs, restaurants and other public places where food and drink are consumed, are also great incubators for Covid-19 – and Johnson was warned that infections would rise after he reopened them, but he reopened them anyway.
Matt Hancock has had to tell MPs that the escalation of a Covid outbreak in Bolton was fuelled by pubs.
But there are no new restrictions on pub or restaurant visits – apart from those that count everywhere: you can’t go with more than five other people who you’ll probably be seeing elsewhere in any case.
You can go into a pub on your own, that is packed with strangers. Apparently Johnson thinks you are less likely to catch Covid-19 from people you don’t know and don’t spend time with regularly than from people you do.
That is, of course, quite irrational.
So it seems to This Writer that Boris Johnson’s new rules have nothing to do with restricting the spread of Covid-19; stopping a second wave. He seems to be using that as an excuse to restrict public freedom, here in the UK.
And remember, we have no idea when – if ever – he intends to relax these restrictions – or withdraw his new secret police.
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