Coronavirus: Anti — lockdown protests show freedom is not quite dead in UK
Ian Thorpe, 18 May 2020
Not many protestors turned out for the weekend’s anti — lockdown protests, a few thousand rather than tens of thousands, but you can ignore reports by well — known mainstream media propagandists that the supporters of extending the lockdown exceeded those who were demanding it be lifted. From what I saw on TV and various blogs, the anti — lockdown protesters were a very mixed crowd, a representative cross — section of 21st century London and definitely less posh, white and middle class than the weekend crusties who turn up reeking of Patchouli Oil at Ekstinktion Rebellion events.
Supporters of all the usual fringe causes from Save The Whales to Independence for Wales were represented but mostly this was a rally about freedom. A common feeling among people of the left and right was disbelief that so many British people had willingly acquiesced to the most flagrant and unjustified assault on liberty in centuries. Yes, this blog recently called the Coronavirus Bill passed by parliament The Biggest Assault On Freedom Since World War Two but we were guilty of understatement. The abolition of civil rights and liberties enacted in response to this a-bit-like-seasonal-flu-but-not-as-bad-by-a-long-way disease goes much further that the restrictions imposed as we prepared to be invaded by Nazi Germany in 1939 and 40.
Former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption, writing in The Times puts it like this: the lockdown was something Prime Minister Boris Johnson entered “in a blind panic provoked by Professor Neil Ferguson’s ‘reasonable worst case’ of 510,000 deaths.”
But now that the c***-struck communist con — man Ferguson and his dodgy mathematical model have been so comprehensively discredited and and his hyperbolic predictions proved false, the justification for lockdown has gone.
(For those not familiar with the story, mainstream media ceased protecting Ferguson when, having recommended social distancing be strictly enfored and non — essential travel banned, was caught out meeting his married lover for rumpy — pumpy sessions. Once exposed, it was open season on him, previous cases of his over — dramatized predictions and dodgy methods were cited, and the code used in his mathematical models shown to be amateurish and riddled with errors.)
So why is the lockdown still with us? Lord Sumption (again) says it’s as simple as this:
The lockdown is now all about protecting politicians’ backs. They are not wicked men, just timid ones, terrified of being blamed for deaths on their watch. But it is a wicked thing that they are doing.
Scroll down the linked page until you see a paragraph in bold text to read the full text of Lord Sumption’s critique of lockdown reproduced by the American Institute For Economic Research (the original publication in The Times is behind a paywall.)
Take time to watch these videos and listen to what the protestors are saying. Note how passionately and articulately they express what should be obvious to everyone: the lockdown is not a reasonable response to a disease that in a nation of 63 million has directly caused the deaths of just 250 (ish) people under 60 and generally in good health, the statistics have not simply been manipulated, they are entirely fraudulent; the freedoms the government has stolen from us without proper parliamentary, let alone public debate, should never have been surrendered so lightly.
Imagine how you would have reacted six months ago if someone had told you: “In May 2020 the police will arrest you if you stand closer than six feet to someone in a park.”
Yet now lots of people accept it as normal and praise the authorities for trying to “keep us safe.”.
If preserving our freedom and the ancient liberties (some dating back to the rule of King Alfred The Great in the ninth century,) isn’t a cause worth risking a fine, a slap on the wrist and possibly a bit of roughing up from the newly Nazified boys — in — blue to protest against, then nothing is and we may as well live in a slave state like The People’s Republic Of China, Nortth Korea, or Cuba.
I am reminded of these words written by C S Lewis:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
― C. S. Lewis