Covid-19 has inflicted much on us all over the last seven months – illness, separation from friends, family and colleagues, unemployment – plus the hardship and anxiety those things bring. It has also brought with it depressing conformity; both in the way we must conduct our lives and a prevailing belief that the tougher the restrictions you want, the more compassionate you are.
This was highlighted yesterday as just one MP voted against rules allowing police enforcement of self-isolation. As new, stricter, rules came into force on Merseyside last weekend, a video circulated on social media of police officers stomping through pubs to make sure people were complying with Tier 3 “meal and no mixing” regulations. The official Merseyside Police Twitter account responded to the clip by saying “our officers have a responsibility to ensure compliance with the law.” I’ve heard barely a whimper from politicians against such moves.