Boris Johnson appears to have lost whatever grip on reality he had left.
Announcing new restrictions on public freedom in England, in his latest bid to show he’s doing something about Covid-19, he threatened to bring in the armed forces to enforce them.
And what are these new restrictions? Here:
All citizens are being told to work from home if they can with immediate effect – and from Thursday, all pubs, restaurants and even kebab shops and takeaways must shut from 10pm.
Masks will become compulsory for shop and pub staff, taxi passengers within days – while the fine for breaking the ‘rule of six’ on gatherings will double to £200.
Only 15 people will be allowed to attend weddings from Monday and five-a-side football will be axed.
That’s the lot.
And Johnson had the following to add:
Boris Johnson has said the military could be deployed in England to help with the enforcement of new coronavirus restrictions.
Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday, the prime minister said there would now be “greater police presence” on the streets with “the option to draw on military support where required”.
The prime minister’s spokesperson said the military could be used to backfill certain police duties, such as office roles and guarding protected sites, so police officers can be out enforcing the virus response.
That seems a sop to the masses – an attempt to co-opt our support for having the military invading our daily lives.
“This is not about providing any additional powers to the military, or them replacing the police in enforcement roles, and they will not be handing out fines. It is about freeing up more police officers,” the spokesperson said.
And how long will that last before more powers are granted to the military? Before our guardians become our keepers?
Possibly the worst aspect of this is the fact that the Labour Party – Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition to the Johnson government – has no interest in opposing:
Johnson said MPs will have the opportunity to debate the new coronavirus measures next week.
Labour leader Keir Starmer said Johnson was “right” to announce further measures. “We support those measures,” he said.
This is terrifying.
It seems our political leaders are colluding to take our freedoms away from us, using the pandemic as an excuse.
Is it really a coincidence that this introduction of the military into our daily lives is happening just months before Johnson takes us through a potentially traumatic end to the Brexit process that is likely to cause shortages of goods including foods, along with unemployment and civil unrest?
Johnson is preparing to put down any such unrest with military force.
But don’t just take my word for it:
Bojo just declared impending MARTIAL LAW. Did anyone else notice? Heir Starmer agrees. Dictator in waiting… Jesus fkn wept…
— Pamalot (@PMcf12) September 22, 2020
Boris Johnson is bringing in the Army to assist the police in enforcing #Covid_19 measures, Martial Law before a #NoDealBrexit hits us, they're getting us ready, what a shithole England now is thanks to Mr Johnson and still they cheer him.
— Loz Argyle ⚓ (@ArgyleLoz) September 22, 2020
Martial law is coming under this fascist Tory government. It’s time to start fighting back against this tyranny, otherwise we’re absolutely fucked. Anyone who thinks that our lives are going to go back to normal need to wake up and smell the fucking coffee.
— Nick Giuseppe (@nicktothecore74) September 22, 2020
Only tin pot dictatorships use martial law to enforce rules whilst doing whatever the fuck they want themselves.
— Katy (@KatyJayne101) September 22, 2020
Even Brexit Party bigwig – and hence arch-Brexiteer – Richard Tice thinks this is a step too far:
BORIS THE BULLY: he’s effectively threatening MARTIAL LAW here in the U.K. if we don’t follow his orders. NO, NO, NO
— Richard Tice (@TiceRichard) September 22, 2020
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