GOOD people come together and strange things happen, not despite, but because of lockdown.
For one it has turned confirmed secularist Claire Fox to prayer, so she told the assembled company at yesterday’s launch of The People’s Lockdown Inquirer. For another, I got my first proposal of marriage in 34 years – don’t worry, I won’t keep the lad to it!
These momentous events took place at a meeting presided over by the fantastic Foxes, Laurence and Claire.
They’ve joined forces to kickstart an essential discussion about the impact of lockdown on ordinary people and to make a record of it that cannot be obliterated from people’s memories. Human stories that are immeasurable and unquantifiable but no less important for that.
To make sure they can never be written out of history, Laurence Fox’s Reclaim Party commissioned the Academy of Ideas think tank, of which Baroness Fox is director, and Buckingham University to get lockdown’s human legacy on record – a record of the suffering that, when lockdown eases, people can never then forget. Only with such a ‘legacy’ document will people see and remember the real impact of lockdown – the largely hidden, behind closed doors, out of the media spotlight, collateral damage of the government’s oppressive and irrational lockdown decisions and of its use of weapons of mass deception.
Here is Claire Fox introducing the report, saying that whatever your view about lockdown, there is a terrible cost to it. In essence, she says you capture suffering not in numbers but individual human stories:
You can read the submissions and watch the video testimonies at peopleslockdowninquiry.co.uk.