By Neil Clark
If Covid-19 ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 is postponed, as seems likely, and the public complies with it, Britain will never return to normal. If curbs can’t be lifted when deaths ‘with’ the virus are near zero, when will they ever be?
Don’t say you weren’t warned. Having predicted correctly, before Christmas, the very day (January 4) when Boris Johnson would announce the next lockdown, on January 1, 2021, I tweeted: ‘My inside source says that there will be no significant easing of restrictions until July at the earliest. Govt mentioning Easter as they need to take backbenchers with them & want public compliance.’
The tweet received some abusive replies. “Drivel,” wrote Pete Hayward. “What a load of rubbish,” said Phil Moor. How ludicrous to say restrictions will still be in force deep into 2021!
Now, however, here we are in June, and we are still living under restrictions. And in terms of overseas travel, more restrictions than we had last summer before anyone was vaccinated!
We can talk about the government moving the goalposts, but in truth, they’ve uprooted the goalposts and taken them off the pitch altogether. ‘Three weeks to flatten the curve’ has proved to be the longest three weeks in history. Currently, it’s 63 weeks and counting.
Back in January, we were told by Health Secretary Matt Hancock that once the “most vulnerable” had been vaccinated, our freedoms would be restored. But then we had to vaccinate the over-50s. The over-40s. The over-25s.
Now we’re told that we should delay the June 21 unlocking until everyone has had their second jabs. After that – rest assured – it’ll be ’until the children are vaccinated’. And then ‘we need to wait until everyone has had their booster jabs’.
The much-maligned ‘conspiracy theorists’ who predicted that this thing was never meant to end and that every time restrictions are supposed to end, they’ll find new excuses to keep them (with the latest being ‘variants’), have been proven right. The question everyone needs to be asking is: If restrictions aren’t lifted in high summer when deaths ‘with’ Covid-19 fall to close to zero, as they have done this month, then when will they ever be lifted?
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