I think the Cressida Dick is wrong to say that most people understand the rules. I made this video to help people understand the lockdown laws so they can follow them, but it’s not straightforward
Cressida Dick told Radio 4 that some people are outside without an “essential” reason. The legal requirement is a “reasonable excuse”. Just goes to show how misunderstood the rules are, contrary to her basic point!
But overall her points were fair - the vast majority of people are complying and the police don’t need extra powers especially a power of entry.
She thinks protest is banned. I’m not so sure.
The part of interview discussing law (enforceable) and guidance (not enforceable) must have been so confusing for people listening just wanting to know what they should do. The divergence between the two creates confusion. Dick also right to say law has changed “countless” times

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14 Jan
If Covid-19 had emerged in a liberal democracy rather than China, and the first response had not been enforced lockdowns, which *appeared* to work, enforced lockdowns would not have become the worldwide norm: discuss
I am genuinely interested in the proposition - enforced lockdowns (forcing people by law to stay at home) were a new thing. Struck me listening my podcast with @adamgopnik that it was by no means inevitable Italy, France etc would follow suit podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/bet…
I believe it was right to take novel and in some cases (travel quarantine, business closures, school closures) extreme measures to protect life. Covid is in many ways worse than any pandemic since Spanish flu. But enforced lockdowns should remain an open question
Read 10 tweets
12 Jan
Home Secretary: "The rules are very simple and clear... only leave home for a very very limited number of reasons... outdoor recreation but in a very very restricted and limited way"

Outdoor recreation was removed as a reasonable excuse for leaving home in lockdown regulations🤦‍♂️
The Tier 4 regulations used to include a reasonable excuse of taking "open air recreation" but it was removed in the latest lockdown Image
I get that everyone makes mistakes but ministers really need to be across most basic points - and this is the most basic, particularly given the national discussions over what "exercise" is over recent days. I assume this was a slip but I think the Home Sec needs to correct it
Read 6 tweets
11 Jan
What a waste of 24 hours of vital public messaging bandwidth over "5 miles from home" exercise

Derb. Police should never have given FPNs, only partially disowned

Ministers defended with no justification

Now Boris "caught" cycling 7 miles from home even though that is legal
Just one wrong public authority defending another and all this time they could have been actually focussing on what matters for reducing transmission
Read 9 tweets
10 Jan
How should the COVID-19 regulations be policed?

No easy answer.

This thread will not say that the Covid laws should never be policed.

My basic point (which I have been making since March) is that this is fundamentally a public health not a public order issue and policing should be focussed on that purpose only.
I asked serving police officers to message me views of how things are going. About 20 did - thank you:

(1) I have not confirmed that these are in fact serving police officers but have no reason to doubt
(2) I have permission to share these without revealing their identities
Read 42 tweets
10 Jan
If you are confused about the new lockdown regulations I made a video which explains the basics.

I have now added links in the description to take you straight to key bits.

Politicians and police who are struggling are also welcome!
A number of police officers have been messaging me privately to say they have been using my analysis throughout the pandemic and that it often comes more quickly and in more detail than their local force guidance
And a number have also said how embarrassed they are about stories of over-enforcement as they undermine trust in the police during the pandemic which they feel is low anyway. Will post (with permission, anonymously) some of the messages soon
Read 4 tweets
7 Jan
I think this is dodgy. Govt "officials... confirmed" shooting & fishing are exercise under regulations. Only a court can do that as they aren't listed. This is plainly mates knocking on Cabinet's doors asking for special treatment, as per grouse shooting telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/0…
This also drives a coach and horses (that's next!) through the removal of "outdoor recreation" as an exception which both shooting and fishing would probably otherwise fall into. One rule for certain people, another for others.
Coronavirus regulations have been decided almost entirely in secret by what I assume is a very small group of people. This opens them up to graft as was the case with grouse shooting in the summer which was concealed as "relevant outdoor activity"
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