The movement for liberty, rationality and science is growing
People are starting to push back against this creeping police state and stripping of basic liberties like freedom of movement.
No one is saying that the old and ill should be unnecessarily exposed to the coronavirus that is making the rounds in Britain and around the world.
No one is saying that you have the right to get close to, hug or cough on people who want to keep their distance from others.
But the current state of affairs where everone has been made a virtual prisoner in their own homes is unacceptable in a free and democratic country.
The destruction of our local economy and the misery, depression, and countless deaths it will directly or indirectly cause is unacceptable.
As one commentator recently wrote on Adam Price AM’s blog: covidcymru.wales
The civil liberties repercussions are horrendous and you seem to have just thrown your hands up and to be running around in the same hysteria accepting it.
It should be obvious by now to anyone that the covid19 pandemic, whatever its origins, is being used to fast forward a “new normal” world of unparalleled government power, surveillance and curtailment of individual liberty.
We are looking already at the possibility of:
Compulsory DNRs for some elderly.
Biometric chips or bracelets to monitor whether or not you have permission to be outside your home or engage in work
Drone surveillance as normal.
Apps on your phone that can detect any breach of the self-isolation policy.
Huge new police powers of arrest and detention for anyone suspected of carrying the virus. And as we have seen there are no checks on them at present
Suspension of parliamentary scrutiny for indefinite periods at government discretion
And this is only the starter course.
We can be pretty sure they are currently just easing us in. The real stuff will be rolling along in the next months or maybe years (depending on how quickly they feel able to get this on).
Other allies in this fight for decency and freedom on Twitter:
These are just a few. Follow them and you will discover many many more who are saying yes to liberty, rationality and science. No to hype, fear, authoritarianism and shameful manipulation.