Ever more sweeping changes are coming. Legislation will shortly be rushed through Parliament massively increasing powers of law enforcement, potentially moving to suspend freedom of association, and even drafting the army into facilitating everyday life.
While some have been clamouring for this action for weeks and all understand its temporary nature, there is a danger that Government could pocket some of the powers behind any more totalitarian moves to use another time. This cannot be allowed to happen.
三级成人视频As the chancellor was keen to point out in his budget statement last week, this crisis will not last forever. The country will get through it. Once we do, it’s imperative to ensure the Government’s response to the experience has not left open any new authoritarian avenues.
三级成人视频It is now the duty of those who believe in small government and free people to ensure any new measures are not only seen as statutorily temporary, but culturally anomalous.
三级成人视频National crises are turning points in pivoting government power against individuals. Events like wars and pandemics allow the state to take command of an economy and restrict individual freedom to almost unimaginable degrees. This happens not only through legislation, but through a societal shift in what are seen to be the accepted frontiers of the state.
It was the total state control of the economy during the second world war that allowed the government to consequently seize control of heavy industry, along with trains, canals, buses, docks, ports, airlines, telecommunications, and even some pubs on a permanent basis.
The disastrous postwar consensus lasted for more than a generation. This time has to be different.
三级成人视频Politicians always find it easier to take on new powers than to give such powers up. Whatever further measures are introduced in the coming weeks and months, there is no justification for the Government to exclude sunset clauses.
The weight of taking control away from individuals and handing it to the state should rest heavily on all MPs. Whatever the rights or wrongs of such measures in this moment of coronavirus crisis, they are the opposite of the mandate of this government and must be treated with extreme care and face strict time limits.
Freedom rarely returns to the watermark it enjoys before such a crisis.
三级成人视频It is easy to see the arguments from left and right alike in the context of future, more minor, events: ‘we did this for coronavirus, so why not now?’ Those arguments have to be nipped before they have even budded.
三级成人视频This pandemic’s political vultures are already circling. The of campaigners who believe that the only response to coronavirus is the very issue or cause they have been campaigning on for years is remarkable.
Whether it’s Universal Basic Income, totally closed borders, state-run broadband, gun rights, or mass home schooling, the cause-vultures are latching onto the crisis as their opportunity to snatch up support for their particular pet project in the midst of public panic.
The message here is not to do nothing. It is, however, to tread with the utmost care and ensure steps taken are automatically reversible. Moments like these are populated with part-time populists keen to hijack the political atmosphere in order to mould society in their direction. Those who believe in liberal democracy and a government with limits mustn’t let any new measures set a new political norm.