State Safety, Your Papers Please? UK to introduce “Freedom Passes” for Coronavirus

State Security, Your Papers Please? UK to introduce “Freedom Passes” for Coronavirus

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

One of the differentiators of British society from repressive tyrants like the Soviet Union was that you didn't have to carry any identification papers with you to prove your right to walk down the street.

"Freedom Pass, Please": Boris introduces Covid Passports if further lockdowns threaten

22nd November 2020

According to reports, the UK government will introduce "freedom passports" and special passport certificates to people who test negative for the Chinese coronavirus as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces additional regional lockdown restrictions after the last national lockdown ended in December.

The UK Prime Minister will outline his plans for further localized lockdown restrictions on Monday, as well as a plan to introduce mass testing that the government is outlining as a roadmap for some sort of normalcy over the next year.

The new normal the UK government is set to outline will reportedly include "freedom passes" for those who have two negative coronavirus tests a week. According to The Telegraph, the government is also working with passport makers to create coronavirus certificates for those who can prove they are virus-free.

A source told the newspaper that the certificates "would allow someone to wander the streets and if someone else asks why they're not wearing a mask, they can show the card, letter or an app," added, that this would allow a person to "see their family, and normal social distancing rules do not apply".

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You wonder what other freedoms our beloved leaders want to remove.

Australia is regularly cited as a success story with Covid-19, but to my knowledge Australia has never banned people from walking down the street. Australian politicians took a reasonable position that the benefits of outdoor exercise for mental and physical health outweigh the remote risk of someone infecting you if you passed them on the street.

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