The steps now being imposed on large regions of the country would be severe and difficult to endure if we had grounds to believe that they would do any good. The problem is that we have no shred of tangible proof that they will help at all.
The vast illogical web of new rules, increasingly impossible to comprehend or follow, looks worryingly like an exasperated endeavour to penalise us for wanting to live ordinary lives and enjoy ourselves.
Go to the pub if you’re prepared to consume a large unhealthy meal with your drink, but not otherwise.
Go to the gym in Manchester but not in Liverpool.
Wear a mask while you walk to your restaurant table, but not while you sit down.
You can’t socialise in your parent’s social bubble, but you can meet them down the pub.
And by the time you’ve worked it all out and what they mean, the rules will have changed again.
The apparent scientific basis for this is feeble beyond belief, as Sir Keir Starmer pointed out before throwing all reason and logic aside, demanding more severe collective punishments, which would incidentally make even more people unemployed and 19 out of the 20 places already compelled to suffer under these authoritarian regimes, no benefit was observed.
And why should it be? When we were first lured into this new way of life by an appeal to our goodwill and benevolence and we were told that a few weeks of self-restraint would save the NHS from being overwhelmed.
Who could resist such a plea? And millions jovially sacrificed their treasured freedoms for the common good, believing they would soon get them back when the job was done.
The NHS was not overwhelmed, and it’s far from clear that it ever would have been, but the weeks passed, and what happened?
We had a serious case of mission creep and somehow the task had now become one never previously attempted or achieved by any society, the virtual suppression of the virus itself.
We were not free to return to our normal lives – on the contrary, every few days brought a new apparent alarm and a cranky and increasingly petulant Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, did not free us from our bonds.
Restrictions applied on the pretext of safety or security are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and these were of no exception and only after enormous harm had been done to the economy were we permitted to resume something like normal life.
Boris Johnson isn’t giving us any peace of mind. He just mutters out his own rules, and if this virus is as bad as he’s saying, why hasn’t he closed schools et cetera?
Our Government are just trying to control us until they’ve completed their little plan.
And it just makes me wonder if there’s ever going to be a vaccine or is this just money for him and the Government to gain from the pharmaceutical companies?
At the end of the day, we’re all being treated like children and it won’t be long before people start to retaliate back at him.
He can’t keep us all dangling on a string and expect everyone to obey his orders when all he’s telling us is more and more lies – all he wants is control and money and I think we all know now that he couldn’t care less about the British people.