Emergency State: How We Lost Our Freedoms in the Pandemic and Why it Matters

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Emergency State: How We Lost Our Freedoms in the Pandemic and Why it Matters

Emergency State: How We Lost Our Freedoms in the Pandemic and Why it Matters

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Emergency State: How We Lost Our Freedoms in the Pandemic and Why It Matters by Adam Wagner | 9781847927460. Wagner admits that restrictions were more, not less, rigorously enforced in some other European countries with written constitutions. As the book goes through a linear narrative, Wagner peppers examples of overreach and corruption, while giving as much benefit of doubt as possible. Sumption felt Wagner was qualified to do so and that human rights lawyers had a role in protecting basic freedoms. Good overview of the lockdown years (though as Wagner says, after two "freedom" days, who is to tell if it's really all over?

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Piercing and profoundly troubling, this is a journey to the heart of the pandemic and the great British struggle to balance the well-being of the individual and the group. I hd feared that such information would be written in legalese but you have the talent to communicate with the interested-but-non-specialist section of the pulblic. For instance, Wagner explains that sex indoors with anyone but your regular partner could be interpreted as being illegal for long periods between 2020 and 2022. He’s right I think the Civil Contingencies Act should have been used rather than public health legislation.

Wagner notes six properties of the emergency state, that it is "mighty" and can marshal very larger resources to a goal; that power is concentrated; that the state becomes ignorant due to the centralised decision making; that it tends to corruption; that it is self-reinforcing with people used to absolute power tending to think of excuses to keep it; the final feature is that people often want to be ruled in this manner during emergencies due to a desire for simplicity, strong leadership.This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. For a politician, science is one the relevant factors — perhaps the single most important in this context — but other considerations also have to be weighed. He was a protagonist in the Reclaim These Streets litigation and gives a first-hand account of the challenges he faced. At times, Emergency State reads like a dystopian novel with a dramatic plot twist - those who wrote these draconian laws failed to follow them.

He draws parallels to the covid regulations and the concept of a "dog law" used by Jeremy Bentham, a law that it is impossible to know or follow ahead of time. It swiftly became clear that none of them knew what they were doing but it didn’t stop them doing it.It is too political, with its diatribes against Boris Johnson, for its lack of political reflection on the broader questions of which trade-offs we should be making not to seem like an oversight or an evasion. Proportionality is a key concept in human rights law, and Wagner’s approach and my criticism of it may be explained by different instinctive approaches to proportionality.

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