The Daily Mail: Masks and social distancing could be in place for 10 YEARS, Lord Sumption claims

4 April 2021


We are all wondering when this nightmare will end. Not any time soon argues historian and former Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption.

Former Supreme Court judge, Lord Sumption, warns that face masks and social distancing could be in place for another decade, as long as rationing lasted after World War II. Boris Johnson is yet to set a date for the end of these measures.

Face masks and social distancing could be in place for another decade, Lord Sumption has claimed.

The former Supreme Court judge warned restrictions on Britons’ freedoms could last as long as rationing after the Second World War.

He said it was ‘politically unrealistic’ to expect the Government to backtrack on social controls anytime soon because the public had become so used to them.

Lord Sumption suggested Britons had actually started to take comfort in restrictions because they made them feel safe. 

Read the full article in Mail Online here

An interesting parallel is the continuation of wartime food rationing after the last war. People were in favour of that because they were in favour of social control.

(But) in the 1951 General Election, the Labour party lost its majority entirely because people with five years more experience of social control got fed up with it. Sooner or later, that will happen in this country.

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