I was watching Julia Hartley-Brewer in conversation with Peter Whittle, complaining about the attack on fundamental freedoms by Covid lockdowns, pubs closed by experts who knew nothing about anything, and depressing public compliance,. “Are we living in China?” Julia asked.
They both spoke as if this was something wholly new, that only started in 2020.
All I could think was that this has been going on for a very long time. It all started with the 2007 UK public smoking ban. That’s when fundamental freedoms came under attack. That’s when it stopped being possible to just sit in a pub and drink a pint of beer and smoke a cigarette – something people had been doing for centuries.
But neither Julia Hartley-Brewer nor Peter Whittle mentioned the draconian 2007 smoking ban. And this is probably because neither of them smokes, and so neither of them were affected by the ban, and in fact maybe they even approved of it.
But really that’s when the loss of freedoms and the public compliance started, and Public Health experts started dictating what everyone had to do. There’s been 13 years of it.
Julia Hartley-Brewer and Peter Whittle only noticed it when the insidious process started to affect them.
At one point Julia Hartley-Brewer said that we should demand that every single last one of our freedoms had to be restored. If so, then that should include the simple right to sit in a pub and drink a pint of beer and smoke a cigarette.
But does she want that too? Given that she never mentioned the smoking ban, I’d guess that she’s actually quite happy with it.
It’s too late now to recover these lost freedoms. The Public Health juggernaut has picked up momentum over the past 13 years, and it’s become unstoppable. Lockdowns are just an extension of the same mentality. And now they’re even talking about “passports” for people who have been given the (ineffective) vaccination. The web of social control is getting tighter and tighter.
Are we living in China?
Well, yes, we are. And we have been for a long time.
Maybe salvation will come from China. I was reading about what’s happening there.
Once a fervent Marxist, I had parted ways with Marxism and increasingly looked to Western thought for answers to China’s problems. Once a proud defender of official policy, I had begun to make the case for liberalization. Once a loyal member of the CCP, I was secretly harboring doubts about the sincerity of its beliefs and its concern for the Chinese people.
It seems there is dissent in China against the Communist Party. It’s not quite the same as Public Health, but if there can be dissent there then maybe there can be dissent here too.