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We’re seeing lockdown by stealth

The country isn’t on lockdown by name, but according to Telegraph columnist Liam Halligan, it’s not far from inherently lockdown.

“To call these restrictions as we have them now as ‘free’ or ‘non-draconian’ is completely insane. It’s not draconian when you’re talking to kids who are wondering if they can take their exams this summer,” he tells co-host Allison Pearson on this week’s Planet Normal podcast, which you can listen to with the audio player above.

“It’s not draconian if people don’t get together with their parents over Christmas … or if we’re going to lose thousands and thousands of businesses.”

And while Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists current measures to slow the spread of the virus are “balanced and proportionate”, Halligan is concerned we are seeing a “stealth lockdown” driven by politics rather than science . “I would be amazed, and I’m sorry to say, if Boris Johnson didn’t tighten his restrictions in England in response to Nicola Sturgeon doing the same in Scotland.”

Joining Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan on this week’s episode of Planet Normal is Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who explains why she doesn’t blame her 101 colleagues who rebelled and voted against the Prime Minister on introducing Covid passes for major events on Tuesday. And the former cabinet minister brings listeners inside information on post-Brexit Britain trade negotiations.

Listen to Planet Normal, a weekly Telegraph podcast featuring news and views from beyond the bubble, with the audio player above or below Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favorite podcast app.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/12/16/planet-normal-seeing-lockdown-stealth/ We’re seeing lockdown by stealth

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