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Law unto themselves

I agree with much of Adam Wagner’s critique of the government’s approach to legislating for Covid-19 (“Taking liberties,” May): the habit of publishing complex, highly intrusive regulations at the last minute; the lack of parliamentary scrutiny; the confusion between law and guidance; and the inconsistent, sometimes perverse, approach to enforcement.

However, I doubt whether the solution is to “codify the ground rules of our freedoms,” as Wagner suggests. Some of the ground rules are already in place, not least in the form of the Human Rights Act 1998 (currently subject to an independent review…

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