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Former Supreme Court justice: coronavirus rules are tempting overly authoritarian police officers

Simon Brown says there may be dangers lurking in the legitimate restrictions on our daily lives

By Alex Dean  

The Supreme Court justices in 2009—Simon Brown is back row, Photo: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/PA Images

The coronavirus emergency raises pressing questions about law-making and state powers: the UK government passed legislation at lightning speed and is now interfering with our daily lives in an unprecedented—if necessary—way. The rules have been criticised for lack of clarity—is a jogger resting on a park bench breaking them?—while some police forces have been censured for overstepping the mark of legitimate enforcement.

What is the right balance of powers to strike? And where…

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