May 19, 2024
Brexit Delay Would Break Boris’s Faith With Britons
Time is precious, especially during the coronavirus crisis.
Time is precious, especially during the coronavirus crisis.

Despite his famous blond mane, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is clearly no “Goldilocks.” She it was who took up with a family of three bears, sitting in their rocking chairs, eating their porridge, and sleeping in their beds. In each case, the extremes — be it too hard/too soft, too hot/too cold, or too big/too small — were rejected in favor of the “just right.” Yet no one boasts that Boris’s reaction to the coronavirus “hit the mark.”

Rather, consensus is forming that the state’s coronavirus response varied between the extremes of too slow — allowing valuable time for countermeasures to be lost — and too restrictive, as shutting down business operations and curtailing civil rights have seriously impacted Britain’s economic and social well-being. At no time was the Government’s response “just right.”

Indeed, coronavirus is a conundrum: the global response has varied, with respect to the reaction of various governments and their treatment of citizens’ rights to voluntary assembly, be it in the marketplace or in their leisure activities. No one doubts the seriousness of the virus. Yet even a simple review of past responses to foot-and-mouth, SARS, and other previous health scares have shown, in 2020, ill-judged restriction on civil liberties and overblown estimates of fatalities.

Each year, for instance, influenza kills many thousands, and yet we prudently treat it as one of the many risks of being human. We merely ask for common courtesy and common sense, as we each must take responsibility for our own health and the well-being of those with whom we mix.

And so to Brexit.


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