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Samizdata quote of the day

“The glacial pace at which we’re being handed back our liberties is a stark contrast to the terrifying speed at which they were taken away. The deprivations of the last year have been so many and various that it’s difficult to remember what happened when, but having to cancel Christmas plans with just five days’ notice isn’t something many families will soon forget.”

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9 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Jon Eds

    Except we won’t get all our freedoms back glacially or otherwise and it is something many families will forget. The sad truth is that many individuals would be happy with getting back to their lives and couldn’t care less about having to have a Covid passport or be forced to take a vaccine. Indeed, those of us who refuse either will be under pressure (is that Piers pressure?) to conform.

    Quite frankly, I do not wish to share the same country as this people. Britain is now only for cowards.

  • Phil B

    Look on the bright side. Covid has eliminated the seasonal Flu.

  • Zerren Yeoville

    So, according to Boris’s ‘roadmap’ …

    June 21st = FREEDOM!! *

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  • Confucious

    Except what are those families going to do? Vote for the those who wanted to lock down harder and longer instead?

    Same conundrum everywhere in Europe, really. Not even the supposed “far-right-populist” parties dissented from the lockdown-consensus in any meaningful way. Vote with your feet any emigrate to Sweden of all places is about the only real alternative.

  • andyinsdca

    Bless his heart, thinking that 1: We’ll get all our freedoms back. 2: People will not forget. They’ve been well conditioned now. After all, we’re still taking our shoes off in line at the airport, etc.

  • CaptDMO

    Waiting around to “get” them back?
    Gee, at GREAT risk of an “anti-social” charge…

  • Mr Ed

    If you run a business, you would be an utter fool to invest in the coming months on the basis of Mr Johnson’s ‘promises’ or rather hints. The first stage must be the complete destruction of the Conservative vote and the de-funding of that party. I would have preferred (with hindsight) a Corbyn victory in December 2019.

  • The Jannie

    We have a serious problem in that there is no serious alternative to the cons which can deliver them the thrashing they deserve at the polls. The scum are secure in the knowledge that Liebour and the Lib Dumbs – remember them? – are a bad joke.

  • Paul Marks

    The best way to get one’s liberties back is to NOT give them up in first place.

    When someone says “we have to do this – to save you” they might NOT be lying, they might be repeating (in all good faith) the lies of totalitarian “experts” – but the message must still be rejected.

    Not everyone gave in.

    In Sioux Falls South Dakota (not a little place any more – hundreds of thousands of people live there), there was a major Covid 19 outbreak – the Mayor indicated he would “lockdown”.

    The people said NO – they would accept the risk of death (and some have indeed died) and keep their liberty.

    People have to be as blunt as that, if they wish to remain living in a free society.

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