In a webinar hosted by Prospect magazine on Tuesday night, titled “Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Covid-19”, Lord Jonathan Sumption, a former judge of the UK’s supreme court, disclosed that there were certain of the UK’s lockdown regulations with which he refused to comply, that they struck him as absurdities.

That’s a fairly extraordinary admission from a former judge, even when said mellifluously, as the Brits are wont to do, so that the most subversive statements are uttered as if they were eminently sensible...

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