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