Latest in Politics: No.10 slaps Dr Jenny Harries for suggesting Brits should curb unnecessary socialization

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Latest in Politics: No.10 slaps Dr Jenny Harries for suggesting Brits should curb unnecessary socialization


Dyears before news of the omicron variant broke, former Vaccine Working Group chairwoman Dame Kate Bingham paid a tearful tribute to her late freedom-loving father at a conference at the University from Oxford, writes Sherelle Jacobs.

Tom Bingham, a forensic expert, had addressed the same room 19 years earlier, warning that while the right not to be subjected to arbitrary detention is the oldest of human rights, it is the first to be restricted in the event emergency.

It seemed like a sharp reference as well as a personal one: Dame Kate went on to warn that the task force victory had been converted into a “personal goal” as officials reverted to old practices. She concluded with an ominous call for the overhaul of a broken Whitehall – not only to protect the vulnerable, but “all of us”.

In clearer terms, one could argue that the Whitehall Blob is the greatest threat to freedom in Britain today. And since then, the situation has become much more serious.

Because the big risk is that if the blob fails to deliver now, the omicron variant could terrify ministers by getting us back on the path of draconian restrictions – and even into new lockdowns.

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