Boris Johnson has pushed Freedom Day to July 19 as a new poll revealed that the preponderance of Britons wanted ministers to delay the lifting of all lockdown rules amid a spike in Indian variant cases.
A total of 53 per cent of UK voters wanted some lockdown rules to stay across the United Kingdom past June 21, while 25 per cent wanted all freedom limiting legislation to continue.
Just 34 per cent of people said they would like life to go back to normal on the day Boris Johnson pledged it would, a survey of 1,392 people conducted by YouGov for The Times found.
It came as Michael Tildesley, a University of Warwick epidemiologist, told BBC Radio 4 scientists needed to find the connection between cases and hospital admissions before any judgment could be made.
A separate question in the YouGov poll saw 22 per cent of people dub the rule of six, which currently limits indoor gatherings to only six people, their least favourite lockdown rule and said it should be lifted first.
The Prime Minister was planning to delay the final stage of his COVID roadmap by four weeks in a move that will likely infuriate MPs, business leaders and hospitality chiefs, but to appease Tory MPs and ministers, including Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who are keen to unleash the economy, the Prime Minister is expected to promise a review after a fortnight, but this could allow curbs to be ditched earlier if hospital admissions remain low.
The setback has been prompted by a sharp increase in cases of the Indian variant, and the British Medical Association calling for a stay to enable more people to receive their second jabs.
Cabinet sources had admitted that Freedom Day on June 21 was not looking great, with a four-week extension to COVID restrictions most likely to go ahead, and under the Prime Minister’s COVID roadmap, June 21 was supposed to be the day when all social distancing curbs were lifted and the work from home advice abandoned. However, Boris Johnson made his final decision and announced to the nation on Monday evening.
He said that they don’t want to be sliding into another lockdown, and to circumvent this they wanted to be careful and make sure they got enough data from the government as possible notifying them of what they might expect in a future wave as they begin to unlock further.
But many people are saying that it’s a fake poll and that they want the nation back to normal, and they’re fed up with all the propaganda, and politicians who order these draconian measures haven’t missed a paycheck since lockdown started.
Perhaps all these elected officials should have their paychecks stopped until the economy is opened up and back on its feet again because they’re not interested in a solution until it affects them!
And then we have the mainstream media that’s driving this warfare, and it appears that governments have weaponised COVID on their own people by way of psychological manipulation, and it seems that the preponderance of us are unable to see that we’re actually in a war.
Politics is a game of fear, and any society that rules understands that you have to keep class divided and that you have to create divisions within society, and if you create those divisions, you can maintain control.
And eventually, we will be punished, ordered or intimidated into having the vaccine, and those that fell for Boris Johnson’s lies and promises, well, he’s given us some freedom, but then he takes it away again, but then he doesn’t mind upsetting a few people here and there, as long as he’s getting a paycheck at the end of it – as long as I’m okay Jack, sod everyone else.