Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Nigel Farage: Liberties Have Been Surrendered - Will Be Hard To Get Back

Farage on Coronavirus Policing: Liberties Have been Surrendered, But Getting Freedoms Back May Take Years

The peoples of Western nations were quick to surrender their hard-won liberties to national governments in the early days of the coronavirus panic, but it may take years or decades to get them back, ‘Mr Brexit’ Nigel Farage has said.

Speaking to Breitbart News Network editor-in-chief Alex Marlow on the Breitbart News Daily show on Sirius XM Patriot, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage told listeners of his serious concerns about the way the British public “under virtual house arrest” were being policed during the coronavirus lockdown, remarking that forces were becoming a “rule unto themselves”.

But most concerning, the Brexit pioneer said, was how the police’s theoretically temporary powers had been codified into law and could be retained long-term on flimsy pretexts. This, Mr Farage said, would be seriously detrimental to the British people.

Mr Farage said: “In times of crisis, governments take more power and citizens generally quite freely allow them to… The biggest ever expansion of the British government was in World War Two when the government had almost total power. In six months’ time when that legislation comes up for renewal, I can already see the argument being made: ‘ah, but we mustn’t take these powers away from the authorities in case we have another outbreak.’ That’s the problem.”

Noting that it was very easy and even reassuring to flock to the power of the state in times of crisis, this would be a course of action citizens with suddenly limited liberty could learn to repent later. Mr Farage continued: “Surrendering power to the state happens very quickly. It happens in times of crisis. Getting back those liberties and freedoms tends to be a battle that goes on for years or decades, so I am very worried about it.”

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