Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 09:50:01 AM EST
Long Covid-19 Takes A Bit Longer
Boris Johnson told he's in 'some danger' after large rebellion by 101 Tory MPs over COVID passes in England
Boris Johnson has suffered the biggest Conservative rebellion since the 2019 general election as 101 Tory MPs opposed the introduction of COVID certificates for nightclubs and large events in England.
- The extension of mandatory face mask-wearing to most public indoor venues in England
- The mandatory use of the NHS COVID pass for entry into nightclubs and large events
- The relaxation of self-isolation rules for those who are a contact of an Omicron case, with the use of daily testing instead
- Compulsory COVID vaccinations for frontline NHS and social care staff
Libertarians and Social Responsibility Clash
At the start of the pandemic, Boris Johnson had the parliamentary majority and the personal authority to dictate a response. Now he has neither. Tuesday's huge backbench Tory rebellion demonstrated that a large section of the party has lost the will to impose the social restrictions that are necessary to curb the spread of Covid.
That insurrection was partly ideological, reflecting a paranoid libertarian view of public health measures as the gateway to tyranny. But partly it expressed a loss of patience with the whole manner of Mr Johnson's government - the dishonesty that draws MPs into complicity with venal practice, which in turn makes them unpopular with their constituents.
A vicious circle
The danger now is a vicious cycle: a disgruntled party makes life impossible for Downing Street, leading to ever more dysfunctional government, which feeds public discontent that is then fed back to MPs.
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