Oscar Holdway López | Opinion
I, like many on the 12th of December, turned up to my local polling station and reluctantly put a cross next to my local Conservative Party candidate. For years, I’ve been a skeptic of Boris, seeing him as a liberal centrist Tory with no real conservative beliefs to him. However, despite the thought of spoiling my ballot crossing my mind, I felt that breaking the deadlock of Brexit, and stopping a Britain-hating, dictatorship-loving, anti-Semitic Marxist was more important. But this “Conservative” Government has failed us.
His premiership began as expected, ramming his Brexit deal through Parliament and allowing us to finally leave on the 31st of January. This, however, was where the Government’s successes ended. Boris, who seems to have a bizarre fetish for big infrastructure projects, gave the go ahead for HS2, a project which – by the time it’s completed – would be outdated from new technological advances and would cost an astonishing £30 billion.
(We later found out that money is of no concern to this Government.)
Following this, the Government gave the Communist regime of China, which is currently embarking upon a genocide, permission to build our 5G network. This, in essence, gave China, the biggest threat to global peace, the green light to spy on us and collect vital intelligence information to use against us and our allies.
After all this of course came the China-virus. The government’s initial response seemed reasonable, advising people to distance themselves where they can, take extra precautions if they were elderly or interact with the elderly, and wash their hands as much as possible. However, like most government policy, the media outlets and Twitter dictate whether Mr Johnson performs a U-turn.
On the 23rd of March, the party that’s supposed to embody old British traditions of individual rights over a tyrannical state put the entire country under house arrest. A completely unprecedented move in our long and illustrious history of liberty and freedom.
All tyrannical regimes in history have one thing in common, be it far-left or far-right: private life ceases to exist. Law enforcement and, by extension, the government must know what we citizens are up to in our homes, who we meet up with, why we meet up and where. All activity is seen as suspicious activity. People are encouraged to inform on their fellow countrymen. Of course, no-one is suggesting we’re going to start to put people in gulags anytime soon. However, the authoritarian groundwork has begun.
Police roaming the streets asking people where they’re going. Drones stalking and spying people going for a walk in the country. Tactics which wouldn’t be out of place in the old USSR, had the technology been available. Most recently, of course, the police entered a private home to break up a small child’s birthday party, before proudly announcing it to the world in a long line of frightening tweets displaying all the private homes they’ve entered and how many people they’ve fined.
Some may argue that this is necessary for the protection and security of the common good. This is an argument used over and over again by governments and regimes to give themselves more power and us individuals less liberty. Mr Blair used this argument to explain his attempt to give authorities the power to imprison citizens for 90 days without charge, and to furnish us with intrusive ID cards in an assault on habeas corpus. Mrs May, as Home Secretary, used this argument to attempt to put through a so-called ‘Snooper’s Charter’, allowing the Government to spy on us online. If liberty is not protected and valued, it will disappear.
The truth is that, not only was all of this an unnecessary overreach of power by the state, it also added further danger. According to ONS figures, around 91.1% of people who died from Covid had an underlying health condition. If we look more specifically at June, 91% of people who died from Covid were over 65. Of all those who died from Covid in that month, only 0.01% were under 50 and no-one under 25 passed away from the virus. The chances of someone dying from Covid, especially if they’re young and healthy, are as low as they could get.
Lockdown itself will kill more people than the virus – there is no doubt about it. During lockdown, there was a 50% decline in people seeking treatment for heart attacks, with 45% fewer cancer referrals and 50% fewer people going to A&E. All of this is the true legacy of lockdown. According to the ONS, 200,000 people could die due to not getting the care they needed during lockdown, as many as 12,000 people could die from suicide and from domestic violence around 20.
This doesn’t even include the long-term economic costs, which the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) says could be anything between 15,000 and 17,000 deaths. In total, we could be looking at total deaths of 230,000 people, which puts the current 40,000 Covid deaths into perspective. Those of us who railed against lockdown in the beginning were called everything from conspiracy theorists to “only caring about the economy”. Those arguments are, of course, now looking extremely threadbare.
Since lockdown, the Government has found a new method to make our lives more miserable: performing another U-turn on these silly masks. Forcing the entire population of mostly healthy people to cover their faces with a layer of cloth – sad and dehumanising. With the statistics given above and the fact only around 1,000 people currently have Covid in the UK, no-one can convince me that 67 million people should have to wear a face-nappy.
On the economic front, the government has failed too. Due to its lockdown policy, the economy has shrunk by 20%, and our national debt has gone from 85% of GDP to exceeding 100%. This is staggering. The currently popular Rishi Sunak, who paid for all of us to stay at home and watch TV, is now paying us to eat and even to fix our bikes. Before the election, the Conservative Party rightly attacked Mr Corbyn for suggesting free broadband. How times change.
This will all have to be paid for in the future, of course, through taxes upon ourselves but, most of all, upon our children. Those who called for the lockdown shouldn’t be shocked when we don’t have enough money for public services in the future.
At the peak of the virus, the Black Lives Matter movement began in the UK after the atrocious police killing of George Floyd in America. Flocks of people (mainly white, privileged middle-class liberals, it has to be said) took to the streets in protest across the globe. Riots and violence began, people attacked the police as they retreated, and the Churchill statue was defaced. This was a sculpture of a man who led the world in defeating fascism.
During this time, the Government’s response was pathetic. They failed to call out Black Lives Matter as the extremist, Marxist organisation it so obviously is. They failed to call out the police when they took political stances in favour of the rioters. They failed to act in stopping the criminals. Instead, they put the statue of the greatest-ever Briton in a box. The two words that come to mind when describing the Government’s response to this are ‘weak’ and ‘appeasement’. It’s worth noting, of course, that the policy of lockdown didn’t seem to apply to the protesters either. The virus is obviously woke.
In conclusion, this “Conservative” Government has destroyed our private lives, increased our debt beyond the size of our entire economy, appeased Marxist protestors and failed to provide the police with real support in the face of riots – all in 8 months. Pretty nice going for what some have called “the most far-right Government we’ve ever had”.