Are Britain’s civil liberties and basic rights at risk with the Government’s new Coronavirus Bill?


First published in March 2020.


Scheduled to become law by the end of March, the Government claims that some of the proposed changes are meant to (ease) the burden on frontline NHS and adult social care staff, some help staff by enabling them to work without financial penalty, and some support people and communities in taking care of themselves, their families and loved ones, and their wider community.”

Government adds that “The measures in the coronavirus bill are temporary, proportionate to the threat we face, will only be used when strictly necessary and be in place for as long as required to respond to the situation.”

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Mologic Laboratory in Bedford during the Coronavirus. / Flickr - Number 10/Andrew Parsons

The truth is, it looks more like the evil plan designed by a mastermind working in the shadows of government who would have been waiting for some kind of national emergency to take place, with people distracted as they currently are, to be able to take advantage of the situation, and grab more power than ever on behalf of the Executive.

Noticeably, the legislation transfers more power to Number 10 – in the hands of Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, and Priti Patel’s Home Office, for at least two years!

Sadly, most people in Britain will never take a moment to read it but it is probably the most important piece of legislation ever introduced in the UK.

Here are the ‘best bits’ of the bill (or rather shocking bits), and the Government’s reasons why they are needed:


A 2-year transfer of power to make Boris Johnson almighty:

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Increasing the power of police and immigration officers:

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Mental health – Another doctors opinion does not matter:

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Relaxing schools requirements:

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New power for the Home Secretary, Priti Patel:

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New powers at the Treasury too:

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Power to postpone elections, and any other event:

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Even managing the deceased:

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Imagine having such a large majority in Parliament that you can make such a bill become a reality, and grab new powers – unchallenged, unscrutinised, and unchecked – for a period of two years even though most experts think the coronavirus pandemic may well be over by the summer. Even if it were to return during next winter, a two-year no-check and balance bill is definitely exagerated.

Remember what Government says about the bill: The measures in the coronavirus bill are temporary, proportionate to the threat we face, will only be used when strictly necessary and be in place for as long as required to respond to the situation.🔷


Read the content of the coronavirus bill in full.


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Check their Voting Record:

🗳️ Boris Johnson

🗳️ Priti Patel










[This is an original piece, first published by the author in PoliticsMeansPolitics.com on 18 March 2020. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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(Cover: Flickr/Number 10/Andrew Parsons. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a joint press conference. | 9 Mar 2020. / Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)