Writing in The Telegraph today, former supreme court Judge Jonathan Sumption has accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of caving-in to SAGE, resulting in us living with more rules than before the vaccine roll-out.
In a scathing condemnation of Johnson’s failure to hold his nerve, Sumption wrote:
The fanatics of the so-called “Independent Sage” wagged their fingers and waved their clipboards. Hundreds of medics signed a letter to The Lancet declaring that the decision was dangerous, even criminal.
All those selfish people who believe that to make them feel a bit more secure, everyone else must be deprived of live music, theatre and sport, nightclubs, foreign holidays, dancing at weddings and singing in churches, pursed their lips and registered their disapproval with the pollsters.
And what did the Prime Minister do? He ran for cover. The contrast between the rhetoric and the reality was stark.
He told us that precautions against transmission must become a matter of personal choice. It turns out that the choice is to be made by employers, supermarkets, public transport authorities and pub landlords, who have been brought under heavy pressure to enforce the old restrictions.
He declared that the vaccine had transformed the situation. The reality is that we have more restrictions on our freedom now than we had a year ago before vaccines became available.
Sumption went on to say that the NHS test and trace app is ridiculous, as it is sending hundreds of thousands of perfectly healthy people home to isolate, which is devastating for businesses as they try to make a financial recovery. He concludes his well-written piece by saying:
Vaccination is an impressive achievement. It represents the best that humanity can do about Covid. If it is not enough, then there are only two options. One is to impose total and permanent restrictions on human interaction, something which even governments realise is impossible.
The other is to recognise defeat and allow their populations to live with Covid-19 – just as humanity had learned to live with worse pathogens for centuries before governments embarked on their current unprecedented and ill-advised experiment.
Of course, I disagree with his position on the jabs. The jabs were never necessary. They’ve been rushed out. They’ve not been properly tested. There’s no long-term data. They do not protect against infection and they are killing people.
I also think Sumption is naive when he says that governments realise that imposing permanent restrictions on human interaction is impossible. Boris Johnson might think that, but then he’s not in charge.
The puppet-masters want us to change our behaviour permanently. Surely even Sumption can see that now?