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"You must stay home" - Boris

Today is the second anniversary of the first day of lockdown 23rd March 2020, most of you will remember the PM intoning the following, ‘From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home, because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.'

The Plague Act came into being three days later which established a police state over night. The Libertarian Party was founded in response to the strictures of the Civil Contingencies Act fifteen years ago. the Plague Act was the CCA, but even more draconian in scope.

The House of Commons failed to put any safeguards in place for the Public other than the Sunset clause. What Parliament did do was pass one law after another taking away one freedom after another built up over centuries.

The UK has had hundreds of laws made in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of these laws could be described as ‘lockdown laws’. In this briefing the term ‘lockdown law’ refers specifically to coronavirus restrictions relating to movement, gatherings and restrictions on high street business operations.

Other coronavirus related laws, such as those which impose restrictions on international travel and require the wearing of face coverings, are not discussed in this paper.

House of Commons Library

We all know now that the ‘rules’ did not apply to the upper echelons of power. We know that mendacity and corruption was endemic.

While we could list page after page of abuse that took place, the place for this evidence is before a public inquiry, which in this party’s view should have the ability to place those responsible before the criminal Courts.

What this Party will focus on will be ensuring that this never happens again.

Firstly, by the introduction of a written Constitution that prevents the diktat of a few destroying the lives of citizens.

Secondly, by promoting the policy of devolution of power to prevent a clique that is London based ruling like medieval monarchs.

Lastly, we remember all those whose treatments for cancer and heart disease were stopped leading to early deaths. We think of all those families whose businesses were destroyed - all collateral damage from a time when the world lost its collective mind.

We must act in their memory.

For all of us, we need to reinforce freedom, especially from the media reporting such hysteria and half truths.

Andrew Withers FRSA

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