With hardly any debate, the Government wants to introduce legislation that will alter our way of life. Not if tens of Tory MPs have their say.
I just can’t feel comfortable with these proposals – let alone summon the will to go out and try to convince voters of them.
“We don’t expect that the whole country will return to their desk as one on Monday.”
Most of the action has been over Covid-related divisions. And most of the dissenters are from older intakes.
He questions the logic of the current restrictions given the success of the UK’s vaccine programme.
If the Government continues to maintain an ironclad grip on Commons business, it will lead to less than perfect results.
The country has been used to debate the merits of a more hawkish approach. But it has become cautious in recent times.
From calling the measures “dystopian”, to criticising Whitty and Vallance’s latest graph, there were some scathing speeches.
With around 20 million visits in March, according to one estimate, surely fitness studios should have been at the centre of outbreaks.
With no fiscal leeway for stimulus spending, a bold supply-side programme will be crucial for the UK.
One can see why the Government wants and needs to act. But what seems the right thing now could be the curtailment of our freedoms in years to come.
“Please, please, please, stop mixing. Stay at home.”