FOLLOWING the Government’s arbitrary diktat that gatherings of more than six people are to be banned from today on pain of a £100 fine, doubling on each offence to a maximum of £3,200, we asked for your opinion.
Should we obey this edict, we asked our readers, yes or no?
Thankfully we find we are not alone in our outrage. Eighty seven per cent said No, against 13 per cent who sadly seem prepared to comply – making me wonder (of the latter group) if they ever heard of the American social psychologist Stanley Milgram, or read the disturbing results of his ‘obedience to authority’ experiment that explains at least in part how German citizens complied with their country’s Nazi death camps. I suspect not.
The affirmatory comments are simply too many to relay but you can find them below the line of the original article and below the poll on Twitter.
Since we subjected the hapless Hancock to our two barrels, many more have followed suit and made a public commitment to putting two fingers up to this ridiculous new ‘law ‘, described by Peter Hitchens yesterday as ‘the government wading into the swamp of despotisim one muzzle at a time’.
Among the most notable of the public naysayers is the brilliant Laurence Fox who tweeted thus:
(We have accepted this invite, needless to say, and are just waiting to hear the time and place from him!)
And the brave Bel Mooney took to the pages of the Mail to announce ‘No, no, no! I’m having Christmas for 14 – and no puffed-up Covid marshal will stop me’ and that her plan to celebrate Christmas with three generations of her family will go ahead as normal.
Three cheers for both of them.
Praise, too, to Lord Sumption for coming out loud and clear in his condemnation of these simply unenforceable ‘laws’, and to James Delingpole for stating the brutal truth about our once thought to be liberal PM, which is that he has led a fascist coup against his country.
He has, and it could not be a deeper cause for concern.