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Can we make good laws during a bad pandemic?

To safeguard liberty, all emergency powers should meet these four tests

By Adam Wagner  

Photo: Ilya Dmitryachev/Tass/PA Images

I feel for government lawyers at the moment. I really do. With little warning, they have been required to draft hundreds of pages of new laws to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. These have had to legislate for the “lockdown”—the rules which prevent everyone in the UK leaving their house except in limited circumstances—and a range of other measures which allow for the quarantining of the infected and the disposal of bodies, among other things.

Today, 16th April, is the date by which the…

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