This article first appeared on The Conservative Woman
Even the mainstream media admits that the latest (national) lockdown will result in a huge hit to the UK economy. But there’s precious little sympathy being offered to the people who have provided the money to allow governments to function, ever since governments became a thing. After all, goes the government line, we have to protect the NHS. It’s almost as if the NHS was sufficient reason for itself.
But that logic is applied elsewhere in government too. Covid response is showing us just how vast government has become and the extent to which it can remove freedom. And that has been as big a shock to me as anyone.