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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of rights, but the Strasbourg court enforcing the codified ECHR saw no issue with lockdown measures. It illustrates how easily our freedoms were taken from us by the rulings of a small but powerful group and how important it was that professionals like Adam were there to challenge some of these decisions. Adam Wagner has written a very interesting, highly readable and thought-provoking book about law and the pandemic, based on his professional experience in a number of important court challenges to aspects of the restrictions, not just as an ordinary citizen.

All these questions became even more confusing in the difficult summer of 2020 and for most of 2021. Wagner reserves his strongest criticism for the lack of parliamentary scrutiny of the Covid legislation. Wagner agrees, fundamentally, that there was in Britain no great historic clash of freedom versus unfreedom.

This was due partly to panic but also enabled corruption as is being seen with the recent expose of Lady Mone. The book discusses how during existential threats states reorganize themselves in what Wagner dubs Emergency States to tackle the crisis and equates them to historic precedents. The fault lay in the mass of emergency regulations which the Government kept issuing in its frantic bid to control the spread of Covid until the public could be vaccinated against the deadly virus.

There’s another strand of “cakeism” in his discussion, which I see as linked to hypercritical thinking about proportionality. The initial wave of laws were genuinely made on an emergency basis and effective scrutiny was impossible in those early days. Ordinarily you would expect the state to begin by quarantining those most likely to be affected and isolating those who are infected. As Adam puts it, Parliament has become so accustomed to its own diminished role that it has effectively prorogued itself.

One of my own criticisms of governance during that period was the use of scientists as human shields for decisions that should have been and were made by politicians. The emergency was supposed to be short but lasted for 763 days, allowing ministers to bring in, by decree over 100 new laws restricting freedoms more than any in history - laws that were almost never debated, changed at a whim and increasingly confused the public. Good overview of the lockdown years (though as Wagner says, after two "freedom" days, who is to tell if it's really all over? Overall a very good quality service from this seller and I would not hesitate to recommend this seller. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.



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