AT the last general election I voted the way every person with common sense and a common sense of decency did: I voted for the Conservative Party. I don’t particularly like them, but it would be have been immoral to vote for Jeremy Corbyn. He would blow up the economy, destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs and livelihoods, destroy the education system, and expand the State and national debt to a form never before imagined. What an idiot I was!
Here we have the Conservative Party doing more damage to the future of this country, putting the entire population under house arrest, than a Corbyn government could have dreamed of.
Oh, but they would have been worse in this crisis, this ‘war’ against the disease, you say. I’m not sure. I’m not convinced Corbyn would have destroyed the jobs of hundreds of thousands of working-class voters, and I’m not sure he would have locked down his own voters in inadequate housing (perhaps increasing their exposure to a greater viral load) while the Tory-supporting boomers get to retreat to their five-bed houses. I’m just not convinced on that.
We know, or at least those who are willing to look at the evidence and not try to display their own moral superiority know, that this lockdown is wrong both in principle and on the life-for-life numbers saved.
I know this because if you dare go against the narrative the reaction is hysterical, I mean seriously hysterical and abusive, which proves to me that a lot of people care more about virtue signalling than having an honest debate.
When I voted Conservative in the last election I am pretty sure the name on the ballot paper was someone who represented the Conservative Party. The name was not merely labelled ‘scientist’ or ‘epidemiologist’. It is true we should listen to the experts, of course we should, but they do not get the final decision in what is ultimately a political decision.
When Boris Johnson says he is being ‘led by the science’ this is a complete abdication of moral responsibility. He is the Prime Minister: he must be led not just by the science, but by our values as liberal democracy and one would hope actual conservative values. This should mean conserving something to hand to the next generation, not just destroying society in the short as well as the long term because he has surrendered to media hysteria.
Let’s shut the whole place down, demand the scientists. OK, but that will increase domestic violence rates, and put hundreds of thousands out of work, and it might cause an economic depression, and increase divorce rates, and make poor kids functionally illiterate. And, replies the scientist, that’s not my problem! That’s not my field!
But it is Boris Johnson’s field – namely education, the economy, and society as whole. And he has said, ‘Sorry, we’ll do whatever it takes.’ Even if it means Armageddon.
This brings me to the media, who have been screaming Armageddon for about three weeks now. The Daily Mail in particular has been appalling, and has turned into an online hysteria machine encouraging snitching, shaming and judging. Dear reader, keep well away.
Finally, I’m wondering where all my libertarian friends have gone – into hiding, it seems, along with all the civil and human rights lawyers. These are the same guys who have a nervous breakdown over the government telling pregnant women not to smoke yet they seem to have no problem with mass house arrest.
Maybe it’s because they know they are partly responsible for this pandemic with their love of globalisation and cheap stuff from China. I don’t know. It’s always hard to know the inner workings of a libertarian’s mind. Perhaps the campaign to legalise dope will resume just as soon as we are released from this tyranny or they can just smoke their way through the impending disaster.
I’ll be interested to see what happens on Sunday, though, with the nice weather. Good luck policing all the parks in London then. The tooled-up coppers, tasering all the seven-year-olds who have dared to venture out in the sun and play some football. It would be funny if it were not so serious.