Magazine
Latest Issue

We need to discuss which lockdown restrictions should be guidance and which should be law

Fighting the spread of coronavirus requires striking a balance between guaranteeing people's safety and protecting civil liberties. It's time for a national conversation about which rules should be legally enforced, and why

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

On Monday evening came the inevitable. In an address to the nation, Boris Johnson declared a new English lockdown, likely to last until March at the earliest. As with the first lockdown last March, we are legally required to stay in our homes, unless for specific exceptions.

It is generally accepted now that the virus poses a catastrophic threat. Leading scientists say the situation is more perilous than it was in the spring. And it may well be that we need comprehensive and intrusive rules, not simply guidance or requests, to get us through it.

A combination…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect