Firstly thank you all for setting up an environment where healthy skepticism and diversity of thought can thrive. I thought I'd share with you my full letter to the Prime Minster and The Conservative Party. Some of this had to be removed due to the character limitations of their sites, however here is my perspective in full. Dear Boris,
I write to you as a concerned citizen.
I notice with great disappointment that you are yet again introducing draconian measures in a futile attempt to control a virus.
Much aside from the devastating effects on our economy, that has effectively condemned future generations to financial purgatory, or the estimated 27,000 deaths caused by lockdown itself, or the hypocrisy of allowing illegal immigrants free access to our society, it is your distain for civil liberties I find most egregious.
We are told (not asked), by yourself, that we may not attend the funerals of loved ones, receive cancer treatment, shake hands with old friends or meet with a specific number of people (this number changes depending on what day of the week it is it seems). The latest idea is to mandate the wearing of an unspecified standard of mask indoors, and “to shame” those who exercise their own judgement and refuse to comply. I now also see, that you have ordered the police to enforce this.
The economy has been destroyed, the businesses that have gone under will not be able to magically resurrect as you seem to think (they are actually quite complex operations and require a LOT of preparation to launch – not the kind of thing that can simply “recover” once key staff have left), crime has gone up, people have died BECAUSE of lockdown and our civil liberties have been utterly vandalised – for what, exactly….?
A 0.3% mortality rate.
I hope that you have net estimates on the amount of people killed by these policies Vs the deferred (NOT prevented) deaths of this flu strain we are calling Covid.
Yet all of this, catastrophic as it is, pales in comparison the damage done to the fabric of our society by your flagrant abuse of power. We are not the obedient Germans, who so willingly escorted 6 million Jews onto train carts when ordered to, or the equally compliant French, who rolled over to the Germans at the slightest inclination of threat. We are British – we build Empire that shapes the world, discover DNA, formulate revolutionary theories on black holes, establish the industrial revolution and defeat Nazi’s when all others cowered. We have achieved these incredible things, precisely because we are NOT obedient. We respect only the self-evident truth. The truth that liberty is more important than safety, that it is for the free man to determine his own fate, and not yield to another by fiat or diktat. The truth, that it is for the individual to decide what risks he will take, and which he will not.
Boris, what you are doing is antithetical to this defiant, illustrious spirit. One wonders what Churchill would make of such cowardice in the face of such little adversity.
What you are doing, is deferring the inevitable at greater and greater cost. What you are doing, does not fall in line with what could be described as “self evidently true”. Quite the opposite in fact, as Sweden has now irrefutably proven.
Needles to say, as a rational, free thinking man, I will not be complying with any of these reprehensible Covid rules, and welcome legal challenge in court so I may draw attention to the innumerable contradictions with this half-baked law-by-decree.
I will also never be voting for the “Conservatives” again, thanks to your appalling handling of this situation and your utter contempt for civil liberties.
May the Conservative party and all those who currently serve it, be condemned to the dustbin of history.