… said every politician, bureaucrat and chief constable ever, as they approach the unavoidable peak of an emergent crisis.
And the ratchet only goes one way.
Emergency legislation due to be passed by the government next week is expected to include compensation for organisations forced to cancel events. It is also expected to include the power to temporarily detain sufferers if necessarily.
So.. colour me shocked. The government has announced a raft of putative measures that are arguably are all proper and proportionate in this time of crisis.
If it is, in fact, a crisis. It feels more like a collective orchestrated hysteria. And I needn’t tell you about the etymology of that word. All sense of proportion has been lost. Or someone knows something big that they’re never going to tell us.
Either way, the blunt instrument of the state has its tacit consent to start carving at our body of law. Amputated limbs do not grow back.
So consider the nailed-on fact that any emergency powers the government grants itself will never, ever, be rolled back. Their scope will be gradually widened, by statute, without votes or scrutiny.
Before we know it, people will be disappeared in the middle of the night in the back of unmarked vans for reasons completely unrelated to any damned virus breakout.
If you think I’m paranoid or full of shit, you obviously haven’t been paying attention to what has happened in every western country since 9/11, 7/7, the 2008 banking crisis, and every terrorist atrocity or natural disaster since then. The encroachments on privacy, liberty, dignity and justice have been innumerable and not a one has ever been rolled back. The state has grown in size, cost, reach and power of control. Sometimes in big bounds (RIPA? PATRIOT ACT?), but usually inch by inch, while everyone is looking the other way.
The bill, drawn up by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, anticipates the majority of the population catching coronavirus and is expected to stay in place for two years to cover the possibility of future outbreaks.
Two years, you say? Aye right.
Port closures will be sanctioned if there are not enough staff to maintain border security and the authorities will be able to halt “any vehicle, train, vessel or aircraft”
A draft of the bill warns that in a “reasonable worst case scenario the death management industry will be rapidly overwhelmed” because of a “significant gap in body storage requirements”.
Well, we’ve seen that before, haven’t we. Choice wording, BTW, Matt.
And as the welfare state is collapsing under the weight of demographic and economic contradictions, why not simply take this opportunity to shrug off those tiresome responsibilities? Set a precedent now and leave the door open. Promises can only be kept in the good times.
Care providers will be able to reduce the level of care given to people in their own home or in care homes as long as it does not cause “serious neglect or harm”, meaning twice-daily home visits could be reduced to a single visit.
But wait, there’s more..
It would prevent local authorities from being sued for failing to fulfil their existing statutory duties.
How… handy that could be in the future as the government’s unfunded obligations start to crush their balls.
I think we can see just what’s going on here.
We’re about to take a huge leap toward our destiny as a despotic 3rd world shithole. It’s been our trajectory for some time now.
Soon, we’re going to start wishing we had gun rights.