2020-09-15 22:21:26 UTC
police state was bad? Remember how they all had "snitches" in them, who were
portrayed as villainous? Well, now the same establishment that had you read
those books is calling for you to snitch on "minglers" and "amblers".
"Gatherings of more than six people have been made illegal in a bid to stem
a surge in coronavirus cases. It has sparked fury that many larger
households can no longer meet up with anyone else."
Ministers face ridicule after it emerges Covid 'Rule of Six' outlaws
'mingling' - as Downing Street fuels confusion by saying people should NOT
be fined for first breaches
Britons headed out on yesterday as they made the most of the final day of
eased social distancing guidelines
Across the country, people met in large groups despite fears over growing
infection rates of Covid-19
From today people will only be able to socialise with six amid fears that
young people are fuelling rising rate
By JAMES TAPSFIELD and VIVEK CHAUDHARY
14 September 2020
Ministers were ridiculed over the new ‘Rule of Six’ today after it emerged
that ‘mingling’ has been outlawed – while Downing Street fueled confusion by
saying people should not be fined the first time they flout the curbs.
MPs joked that ‘ambling‘ should be banned next as Britons struggled to get
to grips with the latest edict, imposed by the government in a desperate bid
to get coronavirus cases under control.
Photos from across the country suggested that the public has yet to
comprehend the new system, despite policing minister Kit Malthouse urging
people to snitch on neighbours who flouted the rules.
Home Secretary Priti Patel also warned that offenders could face criminal
records as well as thousands of pounds in fines if they refuse to abide by
But police chiefs admitted the arrangements were ‘confusing’, and the PM’s
spokesman insisted officers would not be imposing hefty penalties on
individuals unless they persistently refused to comply.
Meanwhile, the government’s response to the spike in infections has been
slammed by top scientists as panicky and not based on evidence, with jibes
that those in charge are a ‘Dad’s Army’ with no experience.
Underlining the deep splits in views, other experts delivered chilling
warnings that the outbreak is on the verge of spiralling out of control,
after the daily case rate topped 3,000 for the first time in months.
Boris Johnson sent shockwaves through nation last week when he announced the
restrictions, the first widespread tightening of lockdown since March. The
rules are now in force in England after a sunny weekend when many people
enjoyed a final meet up before the misery descended.
Gatherings of more than six people have been made illegal in a bid to stem a
surge in coronavirus cases. It has sparked fury that many larger households
can no longer meet up with anyone else.
However, the rules in England are tougher than in Wales and Scotland, where
under-12s are being exempted from the crackdown.
Britons are now waiting with bated breath to see whether the action can
bring infections back down. France and Spain in particular have seen huge
rises, but Belgium – which imposed a similar crackdown – appears to have the
situation more under control.
There are fears that failure will mean worse curbs in the run-up to
Christmas, with a 10pm curfew for pubs being considered amid alarm that
young people are ‘forgetting’ Covid regulations.
This is just the beginning, people. As we go into the cold months, UK
residents are going to be dealing with measures so extreme that they can’t
even imagine it.
The big lockdown is also coming for America very soon, so get ready for
I get the feeling that this "second" lockdown is going to be much, MUCH
worse than the first...