Small Freedoms

Former Supreme Court judge, Lord Sumption:

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the British state has exercised coercive powers over its citizens on a scale never previously attempted. It has taken effective legal control, enforced by the police, over the personal lives of the entire population: where they could go, whom they could meet, what they could do even within their own homes. For three months it placed everybody under a form of house arrest, qualified only by their right to do a limited number of things approved by ministers. All of this has been authorised by ministerial decree with minimal Parliamentary involvement. It has been the most significant interference with personal freedom in the history of our country. We have never sought to do such a thing before, even in wartime and even when faced with health crises far more serious than this one.

He goes on:

The real problem is when human societies lose their freedom, it’s not usually because tyrants have taken it away, it’s usually because people willingly surrender their freedom in return for protection from some external threat. And the threat is usually a real threat, but usually exaggerated and that is what I fear we are seeing now…

Didn’t all this happen in 2007, not 2020? Didn’t most Britons willingly surrender their freedom on 1 July 2007 in return for protection from the exaggerated threat of ambient tobacco smoke?

We lost our freedom a long time ago, and nobody noticed.

Back in 2007 Britain’s smokers lost the freedom to sit in a pub and smoke tobacco. It was an ancient freedom, enjoyed for centuries, not even curtailed during two world wars. And then one day, in the blink of an eye, it was gone.

But most people didn’t care, because most people didn’t smoke. Smokers had become a minority. Nobody spoke up for them.

And now everybody else is losing their freedom too, and in the exact same way: a new health threat. I’m not a bit surprised.

Freedom. Truth. Justice. None of them matter any more. Health is the only thing that matters now. So it’s in the name of Health that a culture and a civilisation is being dismantled. The future is going to be one imaginary health threat after another, which will be used as an excuse to remove more and more small freedoms.

The freedom to sit in a pub and smoke a cigarette was one such small freedom. And freedom always comes with some threat to health. A soldier fighting for his country’s freedom always has his life in danger. Once his life matters more to him than freedom, he will lose that freedom very quickly. Those who love freedom must be careless of their lives.

Now that everybody just wants to simply stay alive as long as possible, they will not fight for anything. They will become slaves. All it needs is an army of Health Experts to conjure up new Health Threats to stampede them in whatever direction they like. First tobacco smoke. Then carbon dioxide. Now a mild influenza-like contagion.

Why not asteroid impacts? Aren’t they a Health Threat too? Didn’t an asteroid wipe out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago?

Isn’t night another Health Threat? At night people can’t see. Perhaps we should have sirens at nightfall, warning of the encroaching darkness. And sound the All Clear every morning once the sun has risen again. With a strict curfew during the night hours, with nobody allowed to go anywhere. This is where we’re heading.

Small freedoms add up to large freedoms.  Once you’ve lost all your small freedoms, you will have lost all freedom.

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32 Responses to Small Freedoms

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t know why this Covid “loss of freedom” doesn’t disturb me as much as the smoking ban (I was smoking then, now I’m a smoker who vapes), but it doesn’t. These lockdowns are temporary, while the smoking ban was a permanent death sentence for a section of persecuted people. The reason we have to do lockdown again is because of all the deniers and defiers, Sod them. Selfish people with no idea of shared civic duty. I don’t like Lord Sumpton and his ilk. He spouts about “the British State” as if no other state in the world did the same thing. (Japan is an exception) Yet both Japan and Sweden locked themselves down voluntarily. Do you think our mob would do that? No. And we really don’t need seditious people stirring our pot!

    If anyone is interested Grammarly rated my message as “Inspirational”. No, it’s not, Grammarly. It’s “annoyed”! Sod you too.
    Bah Humbug!

    • David says:

      Temporary? Already the BBC is wheeling out it’s pet ‘experts’ to tell us that masking and social distancing will be needed for decades, even with a vaccine. Our freedoms are gone for good. That was obvious the moment the phrase ‘new normal’ became common currency. Twenty years from now we will, if any of us are still wealthy enough to own such technology and if the country hasn’t collapsed into anarchy and civil war, be watching recordings of sporting events and concerts and theatre performances, wondering sadly what happened to the free world we used to enjoy. And it’s complacent gullible fools like you who are to blame. Mindless sheep bleating ‘save lives, protect the NHS’ while you go pitter patter along the path that leads to the slaughterhouse.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Well, you’d like to be right. I hope you are wrong, That’s fine by me, But at the moment, everyone is running around telling us all what is what, when actually, no one knows a thing in fact -not even scientists. It’s all opinion, fakery, hubris, sleight of hand, conspiracy by people who think they know something. The world is never going to be the same again because this will be in the memories of everyone alive now. It will change us all. Accept that because it cannot be altered. It WILL change the future. No vaccine has stopped the flu so that’s not an option. But do you see that right now, the only option, to save ourselves, is not to flood the NHS with Covid cases so that you, me, and others, can be treated properly by staff who are not sick too? Right now there are 9000 beds occupied by Covid patients, with staff having to deal with them and you, me, and others too. There is a huge percentage of staff off sick. It’s such a simple concept – what can’t you understand? Those beds are not full of OLD PEOPLE. If you think the right way is to let the whole epidemic just run before we have found a proper way to treat it, the end result might be an uncontrolled collapse of society in a bankrupted country. That’s a dreadful picture. I think many deniers, can be understood as those that Covid has not seriously touched. It is real and it can be very nasty – very, The best way to not get it and to stop it from spreading is to co-operate, for now. And stop the sedition and name-calling. Stop with the arrogance. Right now we need wisdom in a united society. Now IS the time for sheep – temporarily. In the vast passage of time, temporary could be longer than you want, Do be patient.

        • DP says:

          Dear Elizabeth

          There is never a time to be sheep. Once a sheep always a sheep.

          DP

        • Elizabeth says:

          That is a foolish statement. Historically ignorant. Think about the evolutionary advantages to being a sheep. And there are times in war, for instance, where not being a sheep is positively dangerous. Being a sheep can be a protective ploy. A survival strategy. You arrogantly assume sheep have less wisdom that you or are unhappy in their sheepness. Its not the sheep, actually, its the pastures they graze and the shepherd that guides them .Your shepherd might be different, but you are also a sheep! The difference is you are in denial of also being a sheep in another field!

      • Timothy Goodacre says:

        Well said David. I totally agree !

        • jaxthefirst says:

          9000 people in hospital? Really? I thought there were loads more than that, and that was why most hospitals have pretty much stopped all other treatments. In a country of nearly 70 million people, 9000 is a tiny, tiny number. But it fits, actually, with news from a person I know who works at my own (very large) local hospital, which currently has a princely total of 30 Covid cases (yes, you read that right – 30. Three Zero. Not 300. Not 3000. Thirty) none, incidentally, in intensive care. Apparently these numbers are roughly mirrored across the whole service – a bit higher in very urban areas, a bit lower in rural ones, but very few of them making it into three figures. So I guess 9000 would be about right. But either way – hardly the “overwhelming” numbers that this latest lockdown is supposed to be response to. And hardly the kind of numbers that really merit closure of virtually all other health services for patients who are ill with anything else!

          There’s actually no need for them to use the Nightingale hospitals because almost all of the “normal” hospitals have rows and rows of empty beds in silent, empty wards whilst they wait for the expected “deluge” of Covid cases which never materialised before and still hasn’t. However, if the Government is so certain that vast numbers of Covid patients are on their way, maybe some of the staff from these empty “normal” hospitals could be transferred to the Nightingale units to get them up and running. How Kafkaesque would that be? Staff being sent to work in units specially built to relieve overloading in the hospitals where they usually work, because those very same hospitals are currently almost completely empty and they’ve got nothing to do!

    • Steven says:

      Elizabeth,obviously you have got a bee in your bonnet.Firstly you should always respect other people’s view even if you don’t agree with them.
      As regards coronavirus scientists have got it wrong previously.Remember swine flu,bird flu and cjd when their estimates as to how many people would die was way out.
      The purpose of life in my opinion is to wake up in the morning go to work and provide for your family.You have also got to look at the mental side of these lockdowns depression leading in some cases to suicide.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Absolutely agree. I am pointing out the hypocrisy of calling me or anyone who has a different point of view, a “sheep”. It’s such an old fashioned idea. In reality, some people simply feel comfortable with the ideas of one group, whilst others comprehend the ideas of another. We follow those ideas. We are all sheep! I insult no one. Everyone is entitled to their own ideas.

        You are absolutely correct about incorrect science. I was in Yorkshire in a farming area. The disaster Ferguson caused is now not ever remembered, except by farmers bankrupted and relatives of those that committed suicide, and the people in the community that witnessed it. A slaughter like no other.

        At the time, there were conspiracy theories that the government wished to destroy our farmers and it was a plot. I think it was science gone potty. Nowadays our sheep (real sheep!) are vaccinated.

        With this Covid19 thing, I have had to accept it is a “thing”. It is not just flu. It is a disease caused by the flu. I know that because of my own experiences. My family has had personal experience before even the first lockdown with a very sick daughter. And a trainee doctor I know who volunteered on the ambulances during the first lockdown was collecting about 12 people a day (of all ages) with severe breathing problems. So, I feel. if you, like Icke, do not accept Covid19 as a real thing, you are only ignorant because it hasn’t affected you.

        I truly don’t know what the right thing is to do. I see the Nightingale just down my road is being resuscitated. If I were the PM, I would open up the whole country and utilise the Nightingales. But then, the trouble is, we have not enough staff to run them!

        I am a great conspiracy video watcher. I am not ignorant. It does seem very strange that most countries in the world have orchestrated themselves to shoot themselves in the foot about this “flu”. I have two suggestions.

        One. That THIS coronavirus is different and “they” know something we don’t. Like what? you ask. Well, I don’t know, maybe it IS a Chinese weapon, it changes DNA, or causes sterility, or vitiates memory, or insanity, or something other and horrid.

        Two. That Aliens landed and have instructed world governments to close life down.

        I do not believe Bill Gates is that powerful.

        In the meantime, I refrain from spreading sedition and revolt. The medical staff I know were treated with kindness during the first lockdown, but now they are being abused as if this is all the “fault”. People are getting nasty. I think that should stop. Our medical staff is precious, especially if we open up. Hospitals will be places of horror for those who work in them. I think consideration is necessary.

        It will be interesting to see if Trump unlocks lockdown if he is elected, There we will see the outcome.

        • jaxthefirst says:

          So, I feel. if you, like Icke, do not accept Covid19 as a real thing, you are only ignorant because it hasn’t affected you.

          I don’t think there are many people who don’t believe that Covid 19 exists (apart from Icke, of course). They just aren’t accepting wholesale the Government’s take on it. I can’t see any comments on here from anyone saying that it’s all a figment of imagination or an invention. Many aren’t believing that it’s as serious as is being made out, and many aren’t believing that all of the measures currently being implemented are good, or effective, or required, and some find them positively suspect in terms of hidden agendas. But none of those things are the same as completely denying that the disease exists at all. I don’t see that anywhere on here. If there is a comment saying as much, then do please point me to it. That would be a very interesting one to take a look at (and no, I wouldn’t agree, and I yes, I do believe that the disease of Covid 19 exists, but I like to read unusual “takes” on things)

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    The smoking ban is the greatest front to freedom and liberty because it was imposed on a foundation of lies.

  3. Shep says:

    We are all going to be killed for our own safety.

  4. Rose says:

    “We lost our freedom a long time ago, and nobody noticed”

    The Motorcycle Helmet Law

    “Forty three ago, the “Motor Cycles (Wearing of Helmets) Regulations 1973 (S.I., 1973, No. 180), dated 7th February 1973”, was enacted – the statutory instrument came into operation on 1st June of the same year.

    On April 5th 1973, the order for this regulation was debated in the House of Commons, with members from either side taking opposite views. Many considered this as a gross infringement of personal liberty.”
    https://motorcycleminds.org/2017/02/15/the-motorcycle-helmet-law/

    And if you read the exerpts from the speeches given you will see all these current consequences were forseen.

    It became a crime punishable by a fine not to protect my head while riding a motorcyle and set a terrible precedent.
    And when my head was no longer entirely free neither was yours

    Bit by bit they’ve worked these intrusions culminating in the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act and now your body belongs to the state.unless you do something about it.

    “In March 2019, the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act became law, with roll-out delayed until spring 2020. It introduces an ‘opt-out’ system, which assumes every adult has agreed to donate their organs unless they register not to do so, amending the previous ‘opt-in’ approach.12 Feb 2020”
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1755738019900367

    I’ve been wanting to sign out since February but who dare go to the surgery in the midst of a pandemic?

  5. Rose says:

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    https://journal.chestnet.org/article/S0012-3692(20)34397-X/fulltext

    But since it's been banned from all enclosed places to which the public have access when it's generated by a cigarette, that's hardly helpful.

    That's the price you pay for a smoke free world.

  6. Rose says:

    By the way, I know that a country that is ruled by the clergy is a Theocracy, but what do you call a country where thecountry and it’s politicians are ruled by mathematical scientists.

    Last time this happened there were burning pyres of slaughtered cattle across the country and the modeling was done by the same man, who alarmingly popped up on tv yesterday.

  7. Clicky says:

  8. Александра Собина says:

    I think the main problem is PMs and MPs never held responsibility of their actions. When a driver makes damages with careless driving, he/she is taken to court and depending of damages done going to prison. This govt arseholes never had to take responsibility of their doings does not matter of damages done. All animals must be equal.

  9. Stephen Helfer says:

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower, on leaving office, warned against the “scientific-technological elite” capturing control of public policy. Helmet laws, seat belts, tobacco control, and now lock-downs are examples of what Eisenhower warned about.

  10. RdM says:

    Patrick Wood was warning about Technocracy Rising some years ago.
    Here’s the first of three interviews (you can always see, search to find the others) on YouTube

    A slightly more obscure but recent talk, Dec 1, 2019, is here:

    From the first link text:

    Author Patrick Wood discusses his recent book “Technocracy Rising”, in a 3-part interview. (Summary of parts, below) http://www.technocracyrising.com/

    Patrick Wood is an author and lecturer who has studied elite globalization policies since the late 1970’s, when he partnered with the late Antony C. Sutton to coauthor Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II. He remains a leading expert on the elitist Trilateral Commission, their policies and achievements in creating their self-proclaimed “New International Economic Order.”

    An economist by education, a financial analyst and writer by profession and an American Constitutionalist by choice, Wood maintains a Biblical world view and has deep historical insights into the modern attacks on sovereignty, property rights and personal freedom. Such attacks are epitomized by the implementation of U.N. policies such as Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, Smart Growth and in education, the widespread adoption of Common Core.

    Wood is a frequent speaker and guest on radio shows around the nation. His current research builds on Trilateral Commission hegemony, focusing on Transhumanism, Technocracy and scientism, and how these are co-opting economics, politics and religion around the world.

    Part 1: Energy based Currency, Columbia University origins of Technocracy, Eugenics, Population Control, and Agenda 21, origins of Positivism and Scientism;
    Part 2: Trilaterals, CFR, Rockefellers, U.N., 1992 Rio Conference, Agenda 21 and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP);
    Part 3: Wood’s work with Antony C. Sutton, the Origins of the Trilateral Commission, Trilaterals and Larry King, and how the Trilateral Commission influenced the U.S. Govt. since 1973 to present day.

    Apologies for the double post above!

    ~ RdM

  11. RdM says:

    Patrick Wood was warning about Technocracy Rising some years ago.
    Here’s the first of three interviews (you can always see, search to find the others) on YouTube

    A slightly more obscure but recent talk, Dec 1, 2019, is here:

    From the first link text:

    Author Patrick Wood discusses his recent book “Technocracy Rising”, in a 3-part interview. (Summary of parts, below)

    Patrick Wood is an author and lecturer who has studied elite globalization policies since the late 1970’s, when he partnered with the late Antony C. Sutton to coauthor Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II. He remains a leading expert on the elitist Trilateral Commission, their policies and achievements in creating their self-proclaimed “New International Economic Order.”

    An economist by education, a financial analyst and writer by profession and an American Constitutionalist by choice, Wood maintains a Biblical world view and has deep historical insights into the modern attacks on sovereignty, property rights and personal freedom. Such attacks are epitomized by the implementation of U.N. policies such as Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, Smart Growth and in education, the widespread adoption of Common Core.

    Wood is a frequent speaker and guest on radio shows around the nation. His current research builds on Trilateral Commission hegemony, focusing on Transhumanism, Technocracy and scientism, and how these are co-opting economics, politics and religion around the world.

    Part 1: Energy based Currency, Columbia University origins of Technocracy, Eugenics, Population Control, and Agenda 21, origins of Positivism and Scientism;
    Part 2: Trilaterals, CFR, Rockefellers, U.N., 1992 Rio Conference, Agenda 21 and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP);
    Part 3: Wood’s work with Antony C. Sutton, the Origins of the Trilateral Commission, Trilaterals and Larry King, and how the Trilateral Commission influenced the U.S. Govt. since 1973 to present day.

    Apologies for the double post above!

    ~ RdM

  12. Rose says:

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    This report describes the latest concepts of the role of nitric oxide (NO) in health and disease as a basis for therapeutics and development of new drugs. Major segments of the market for nitric oxide-based drugs are described as well as the companies involved in developing them.

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    Important therapeutic areas for NO-based therapies are inflammatory disorders, cardiovascular diseases, erectile dysfunction, inflammation, pain and neuroprotection. The first therapeutic use of NO was by inhalation for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). NO-donors, NO-mimics and NOS modulators are described and compared along with developmental status. NO-related mechanisms of action in existing drugs are identified.”
    https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/11/03/2119122/0/en/Global-Nitric-Oxide-Market-Research-Report-2020-2019-NO-Mechanism-of-Action-Analysis-Projections-to-2024-2029.html

    Now I can understand why the Native Americans gave us their foremost medicine when we arrived.

  13. RdM says:

    Just to alter the mood, an old song of freedom from 1970.
    An early version. Donovan, “Riki Tiki Tavi”.
    A nice slide show by somebody.

    Compare the studio version (I have the LP) and note the truncated lyrics.

    [Verse 1]
    Better get into what you gotta get into
    Better get into it now, no slacking please
    United Nations ain’t really united
    And the organisations ain’t really organised

    [Chorus]
    Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
    Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
    Won’t be coming around for to kill your snakes no more, my love
    Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone

    [Verse 2]
    Everybody who read the Jungle Book knows that Riki tiki tavi’s a mongoose who kills snakes
    When I was a young man I was led to believe there were organisations to kill my snakes for me
    Ie the church ie the government ie school
    But when I got a little older, I learned I had to kill them myself

    [Chorus]
    (I said) Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
    Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
    Won’t be coming around for to kill your snakes no more, my love
    Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone

    [Verse 3]
    People walk around, they don’t know what they’re doing
    They been lost so long they don’t know what they’ve been looking for
    Well, I know what I’m a-looking for but I just can’t find it
    I guess I gotta look inside of myself some more
    Oh oh oh, inside of myself some more
    Oh oh oh, inside of myself some more
    [Chorus]
    Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
    Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
    Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
    Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone

    [Outro]
    I saw you today on a number twelve
    Bus you were going my way
    My way
    _

    Goodnight !
    Good Morning !
    _

    Your way ?

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