Dolan, author of a book called How to Make Millions Without a Degree, says he is not taking the job to plunge the country into chaos, but to restore the public’s right to decide for itself he wants to visit friends, go to work or stay indoors, according to a crowdfunding page.
He proposed “to consider not proceeding if serious, alternative and less draconian restrictions are imposed.”
His lawyer Michael Gardner said the government had until Thursday to respond to the letter. If he does not return with a satisfactory answer, he will request an emergency hearing in court in the same way that Miller did when she challenged the prorogation of Parliament last year.
Dolan runs his charter airline from Southend in Essex and employs around 600 people in 10 companies.
He said he had no political affiliation but mounted the action because he feared the cure for the coronavirus was “worse than the disease”, with references to cancer and chemotherapy falling and up ‘18,000 more cancer deaths, according to recent research from University College London. Cases of domestic violence have increased and police have reported the first signs of an increase in suicides and attempted suicides.
“The lockdown tells us to stop living to avoid dying,” said Dolan. “Imprisoning people at home is an extremely dramatic decision to make. It is unprecedented and it would have been courageous for Boris to say “no, we are not going to do this”, but this has been going on for too long now, and we must lift it or loosen it.
“Too many people are losing their jobs; people cannot receive cancer treatment, there is suicide, domestic violence. Why do we procrastinate? It is as if the government is now maintaining this to justify its initial decision, when what it should do is say that we have done this and now we are doing something different. “
His action comes as pressure to ease blockages is mounting worldwide, with the most extreme examples in the United States, where armed protesters entered Michigan state on Thursday.
“It doesn’t take town halls with guns like in America, but the British have done their part, have made their sacrifices but life has to go on and it’s going to be really difficult for years to come,” said Dolan. . He said the crowdfunding campaign was an attempt to test the “backbone” of the British people because he was “amazed that no one else was doing anything.”
Serial entrepreneur Dolan, 50, of Essex, is worth £ 142 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. He left school at 16 after clashes with teachers and got his first break at 22, placing an £ 10 ad in a local newspaper offering to do accounts.
He started his own racing team, Jota Sport, in 2008 after his wife bought him a track day as a birthday present, and now lives in Monaco.
Dolan said the case had been funded up to the court, but was told that crowdfunding would help the budget if it became a protracted affair and would also help see “support from the general public.” He said, “When people start putting their hands in their pockets, it’s a much more powerful message. “
Dolan’s lawyer said the challenge rests on three main points: first, the foreclosure is “ultra vires– outside of legal authority – because it implemented regulations under the 1984 Public Health Act instead of the 2004 Civil Contingency Act or the 2020 Coronavirus Act secondly, that the government has reimposed the lock on a “disproportionate” basis in the law, using a test “too rigid” concerning its effect on the control of the disease but not its impact on the economy, jobs and health in general; and third, that it violated the European Convention on Human Rights covering the right to liberty, family life, education and property.
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs was invited for comments.