There is no reason to believe that Boris Johnson is doing this in bad faith.
In fact, there is significant evidence to show that Johnson doesn’t know that the nation of Sweden exists, and is thus unaware that they now have one of the lowest infection rates in Europe as a result of having done no lockdown and not telling people to wear masks.
A second national lockdown will be imposed across England from midnight on Thursday with all nonessential shops, restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities to close for at least four weeks, Boris Johnson has said.
The prime minister dramatically escalated the country’s response to the pandemic in a press conference on Saturday evening, telling the public “the time has come for further measures” which will remain in place until 2 December.
People have been told to “stay at home as much as possible”, but will be allowed to leave their homes for education, medical appointments and to shop for essential goods.
Outdoor exercise will also be permitted, with members of the same household or one other household.
People leaving home to care for vulnerable people, or to escape injury or harm, will be exempt from the rules. Takeaways and deliveries will continue to be allowed.
The furlough scheme, which was due to end today, will be extended throughout November, the prime minister said.
Under the new regulations, which will be published in full on Tuesday and voted on by MPs on Wednesday, households will be banned from mixing indoors, with the exception of for childcare and other forms of support.
If you’re wondering why, at the beginning of December, it will be safer to not get the flu, then you’d better just shut your racist mouth, Nazi.
This is all based on science, somehow.