Ebrahim Patel, the open-toed-shoe bogeyman of the anti-lockdown brigade, doesn’t mind being held up as the poster-child of the "irrational" Covid-19 rules.

"Well, we’re a democracy," he shrugs, during a three-hour interview with the FM. "Some of it may be unfair, but if you have to choose between unfair criticism on the one hand and a cowed, scared population on the other hand, it’s a no-brainer that it’s better to live in a society in which people can express their views."

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