NEAR LOCKDOWN : A LIBERAL VIEW…
NEAR LOCKDOWN : A LIBERAL VIEW
I didn't expect ever to hear a Prime Minister announce a series of measures that restrict civil liberties in the way they do.
A National Crisis means a National effort, involving everyone, not just the politicians, the NHS or the police. The Coronavirus is a very severe and serious threat and can only be successfully battled if every one of us recognises our responsibility to help fight it.
It is clear that the single most effective way of tackling it is to stop direct contact with one another, physically socially isolating.
I perfectly understand the feeling of dread that people have because nothing like this has ever happened before. It is completely alien to our normal way of life and has all sorts of consequences to ourselves and our families. It feels like you are standing on a three legged chair during an earthquake.
Fortunately, we are the most adaptable creatures on the planet. We are very inventive and co-operative when we need to be. All of us can behave differently when the circumstances dictate it.
We will use new ways to communicate with one another, to help those that need it. We will become more understanding and compassionate. Although we are putting up some barriers, like personal contact, I think we will look to break down some old barriers, especially political differences.
Don't think of the time spent at home as a prison sentence. Think of it more as a time to do things differently. Perhaps all of us can stop rushing about, think more, care more, understand more, develop new skills, prepare for a different future.
I am not going to rage at the new restrictions. As a liberal politician, I fret about being told we cannot do things and the damage it will do to society. However, these are exceptional times. I want the NHS to function, not to become overwhelmed. I want people to live their full life expectancy, not to have it cut off by a virus.
I know it takes people different periods of time to adapt to such big change, but let's all do it… please!
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