‘Government is drunk with power and is obsessed with coercive measures’

September 15, 2020

DIFFERENT CONDITIONS: We are not all the same but the government’s regulations treat us as if we were. This one-size-fits-all approach is deeply destructive and unnecessary. It is more efficient for everybody to make their own decisions in a responsible way in the light of their own conditions and the conditions of those around them.” – Former Supreme Court Justice Lord Jonathan Sumption on the Government’s rule of six regulations brought into to prevent what they claim will be a “second wave of Covid-19 infections”. Picture courtesy of Cambridge Law Faculty.

BLINKERED APPROACH: “I can only describe Mr (Matt) Hancock – in particular who has driven these measures through – as a gimmickised fanatic. There are many considerations other than health ones, which have to be taken into account which are being ignored. This is a one-track mind approach to dealing with this pandemic and the problem with one-track minds is that you miss all the things that are happening in the other six tracks that you can’t see.”

SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: “A lockdown is the most severe form of social distancing imaginable. We’ve had lockdowns in this country for three months and other countries. These things make no difference unless they are held in place permanently and totally. In that case you can reduce infections for as long as the measures remain in place but you would have to put up with unimaginable social, educational and economic costs if you do that.”

 

 

 

A FORMER Supreme Court Justice has slammed the Government’s “rule of six” regulations to combat Covid-19 as being of in breach of human rights and is likely to be overturned by legal challenges.

Lord Jonathan Sumpton was speaking about the new rules brought in on Monday 14 September to Juliet Hartley-Brewer in a comprehensive 12-minute interview with Talk Radio describing them as “pointless, arbitrary and unnecessary” and accused Health Secretary Matt Hancock and his Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies committee of being “obsessed with coercive remedies” and having a “one-track mind approach” in handling the pandemic.

He told Talk Radio: “It is pointless because without an army of snoopers and informers, it can’t be enforced.

‘Rules arbitrary as folks already meeting in larger groups’

“It’s arbitrary because we are still being allowed to mix with larger numbers of people in the workplace, in public transport, schools, the street and supermarkets so this would be a marginal measure at best. It’s intrusive enough to wreck a lot of people’s social interaction with other human beings.

“It is unnecessary because the recent surge of infections is being driven by younger people under 50 with a handful of infections who not going to suffer more than minor symptoms or possibly none at all and have a much less chance of dying of Covid-19 than they do of ordinary seasonal flu – and that’s why in spite of the upsurge of infections the rates of hospitalization and deaths has hardly moved in this country and has only very slightly moved in other countries.

Lord Sumption says the nuclear option would be to hold these rules permanently in place to combat SAGE’s “second wave” but the consequences of this would be social and economic collapse.

‘Why pursue this with what we already know on lockdowns?’

“A lockdown is the most severe form of social distancing imaginable. We’ve had lockdowns in this country for three months and other countries have had even more severe lockdowns. What has been the result? Everywhere the virus is resurgent now.

“These things make no difference unless they are held in place permanently and totally. In that case you can reduce infections for as long as the measures remain in place but you would have to put up with unimaginable social, educational and economic costs if you do that.

‘Decisions should be made on an individual basis’

“We are not all the same but the government’s regulations treat us as if we were. We have different stages of underlying health, different ages, some of us have had the disease already, some have not.

“This one-size-fits-all approach is deeply destructive and unnecessary. It is more efficient for everybody to make their own decisions in a responsible way in the light of their own conditions and the conditions of those around them.”

Lord Sumption inferred that trying to enforce the six person rule via marshals on a legal basis “does not make sense” and expects the rules to fall when a legal challenge is made.

He also accused the Department of Health and his SAGE committee of abusing their power and having a destructive mindset, focusing in only one option and ignoring all others.

‘Courts could rule against rules on societal grounds’

“There will be basically two questions in a legal challenge. One is if the Government has the power to do this at all and if they don’t have power, then it doesn’t matter how necessary it is. The other grounds is to say that it wasn’t necessary and a disproportionate invasion of people’s human rights.

“It is very unlikely that the courts are going to decide that is necessary because this is not only a technically difficult and scientific question, it has to be weighed against all other social considerations unrelated to health, the social damage, the collateral medical damage, the educational and economic damage and so on and this is an exercise which courts are not well placed to carry out and I suspect that the courts will recognise that.

“Our government has learnt in the course of this crisis since March is that if you frighten people enough, they will in large numbers submit to your wishes. Power is intoxicating.

“This is a Government which is completely obsessed with coercive remedies, even when other remedies are available.

‘Officials corrupted with one-track mind approach to Covid’

“I can only describe Mr (Matt) Hancock – in particular who has driven these measures thorugh – as a gimmickised fanatic. There are many considerations other than health ones, which have to be taken into account which are being ignored.

“There are health considerations too. We find reports suggesting the scale in which the lockdown earlier this year will have led to an increase in cancer deaths is really frightening.

“This is a one-track mind approach to dealing with this pandemic and the problem with one-track minds is that you miss all the things that are happening in the other six tracks that you can’t see.”

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