The New Observer UK Society The shift to a totalitarian response

The shift to a totalitarian response

My previous two articles have raised some questions about the way that the government’s response in the UK to coronavirus has been somewhat dictatorial. The capacity of civil society to solve this problem (to determine modes of behaviour etc.) has been evaporated and the government has resorted to a quite draconian system of surveillance and punishments.

Interestingly – many people seem happy with this strict regime. But, at the same time, levels of actual compliance with the restrictions are quite low.

This is a report of an ex senior judge who has commented on the totalitarian nature of the response. It is worth pointing out that he is not underestimating the seriousness of the pandemic. His point is about how the measures have been introduced – without debate and based on fear-mongering.