Vaccine passports (to access venues, jobs etc) are another difficult, almost paradoxical, COVID issue from a rights perspective. Can both interfere with (privacy, discrimination) and enable access to (gatherings, family, 'open society') rights. Not straightforward.
I pointed out a similar rights paradox (I realise that's not really the right word) about lockdown. If we had locked down earlier and more strictly, we may still have had 175 days of it (see previous tweets) but less disease and deaths.…
But 'current pain for future gain' is itself a slippery slope as a justification for policies, so needs to be carefully considered.

I heard an interesting podcast about how privacy concerns may have led to a missed opportunity for use of real time data with contact tracing apps
As I have said time and again during this pandemic, there are no easy answers from a rights perspective. As much as parts of Twitter say it's all simple, it's an outrageous denial of rights etc (see: Lord Sumption), the right to life looms large in the balance

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23 Feb
Just reading this absolutely fascinating Lords debate on the 2008 amendment to the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 which inserted the part which has allowed for the Covid-19 regulations to be issued…
Lord Howe saw it coming
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23 Feb
One of the sad and largely untold stories of the year-long lockdown is it has been illegal for many people who don’t live together to meet indoors, meaning many in relationships haven’t been able to meet. @susie_alegre makes good points in this article…
This has in my view been a huge oversight by the govt which has responded to calls from, for example, people with babies under one who are lonely to be able to form a linked household. It would have been simple to allow people in established relationship to form linked households
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18 Feb
Oh my goodness. I'm not sure where to start.

This is the Home Office, the government department responsible for law and order.

This tweet and video grossly misstate the law.

All gatherings are *not* illegal. There are a huge number gatherings which *are* legal...
Meeting up is not "against the law"

Some gatherings are prohibited but if you read the law itself there are many exceptions including where reasonably necessary for:
- Work
- Volunteering
- Accessing social services
- Assisting vulnerable people
- Suport groups
- Avoiding harm..
In case the Home Office has lost the link to the law, here it is…
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12 Feb
The hotel quarantine regulations have just arrived, coming into force 4am on Monday 15 Feb

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel)
(England) (Amendment) (No. 7) Regulations 2021……

Let's dive in...
First up is the new requirement to book tests on days 2 and 8 after arriving in the UK. The helpful explanatory memorandum is the third image.
Note that these are amendments to another regulation (…) so very difficult to follow. As per usual. Inexcusable that these have been published *zero* working days before they come into force and will not be scrutinised by Parliament at all before they do
Read 25 tweets
12 Feb
It’s Valentine’s Day this Sunday. In this thread I show that private meetings and sex between consenting adults who don’t live together has mostly been illegal in England for almost a year... 💔
... if you are in Leicester indoor meetings for dating/sex between people who don’t live together it has been illegal since 26 March 2020. In Manchester, it’s almost the entire time since 26 March.
I think that’s in this respect England has had the strictest regime in Europe and possibly the world. As I understand it, European states tend to allow meetings between two people who do not live together for any reason indoors.
Read 8 tweets
11 Feb
How odd - the woman at Crosby beach was not, in fact, given a Fixed Penalty Notice because the "on reflection" it was not proceeded with. Unclear when that decision was made though. I assume the "conversations on social media" is referring to my conversation with the force...
"the fixed penalty notice has now been issued"

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