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The anti-coronavirus measures introduced by Boris Johnson’s government — the latest include 10pm curfews for pubs, bans on groups of more than six people — represent the biggest encroachment on personal freedom since the Second World War and perhaps since the mid 17th-century era of Cromwell’s Commonwealth when the Puritans banned Christmas. Several of those I met at the rally in Trafalgar Square told that they had been radicalised by the government’s draconian policies. One said: ‘I’m not political. I’m not a political man but we’ve got to make a stand.’ Another said: ‘I’m 22. What I’ve been in the last few months, we’ve turned into a nation I’ve never seen before. It’s not a place I want to bring my kids up in. I’m thinking how can I get out of this place.’


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