I contacted my MP yesterday laying out why they should vote against the renewal of the coronavirus act. I didn't expect much from them, but their response is still absolutely ridiculous. Here are some excerpts from their email along with my response in return. Apologies for what is a long rant of a post.
I can assure you that all of the measures laid out in this legislation are temporary, and proportionate to the threat we face. They will only be used when strictly necessary, and will only be in place for as long as required to respond to the present situation.
'Temporary' - As in 2 weeks, 6 months, 2 years? This is not my definition of temporary. I'm pretty sure Income Tax was supposed to be a temporary measure to support the napoleonic wars . Once this legislation is enacted it takes a hell of a lot to get rid of it. Security levels and domestic surveillance were ramped up after 9/11, I don't remember them ever being stepped back almost 2 decades later.
It is clear that the virus will be with us for some time, and that means that we need to maintain flexibility until such time as restrictions are no longer needed in order to save lives.
What is the basis for deciding that? When will the virus deemed to be no longer with us? When cases hit zero? When deaths hit zero? When the second coming arrives and we all ascend to the heavens? By most counts it appears that COVID has already been and gone. We are testing at rates never seen before and yet still only finding positives in the 1% and below range, well within what might be expected for false positives. Furthermore, our hospitals are clearly NOT at risk of overcrowding (the original justification for the lockdowns) and many hospitals such as the famous Nightingale have beds still waiting for this supposed horde of patients that never arrived.
Equally, if the evidence going forward suggests that the rate of infection is becoming more and more contained, regular review of the legislation means that we can make suitable adjustments.
Again, the evidence is already here. What signs would you expect to see to justify ending this madness?
However, we must be prepared to enforce these measures, to ensure that the small number of people who do not comply are not putting lives at risk with their behaviour.
Yes, every life lost is always a tragedy for their families, and nobody intends to belittle their loss. Of course we should all look after each other and not punch, sneeze, or spit in each others faces. But if we wish to talk about risk and prevention, we need to have a sense of perspective. None of these measures can truly be said to have been proven either in theory or in practise. Various countries have tried various degrees of lockdown with seeming little no correlation with the results infections (Sweden being a prime example of this).
Therefore it simply isn't true to claim that by not having such regulations we would put everybodies lives at risk. This is a form of moral blackmail and I absolutely reject that anyone should be held morally responsible for the health of strangers in this way. The average age of a COVID mortality is over 80 years of age with nearly all those who've passed having unfortunately already suffered from multiple other health conditions. If we wish to protect the vulnerable members of our society, locking everybody else down does not help them, and in most cases we are causing far more collateral damage by our ham fisted attempts to ‘control’ this virus.
I hope it is reassuring that the Government will provide Parliament with additional scrutiny going forward, offering MPs a vote on changes to regulations on England or UK-wide measures wherever possible before they come into place. I will continue to monitor this issue and scrutinise the steps the Government is taking closely.
No, it is not reassuring that the government has provided a vague empty promise of possible votes at some future time. There was no need to allow this legislation to continue, and your support of it does not bode well. You claim to be scrutinising the governments position but I am yet to see any sign of it.