20 November 2020

Free Exchange: lockdown vs Liberty with Jonathan Sumption


Few have opposed the Government’s handling of the pandemic with as much eloquence and authority as Lord Sumption.  The former supreme court judge, medieval historian and Reith lecturer doesn’t just dispute the scientific evidence, he questions the legal and constitutional justification for these restrictions on our liberty.

Listen to Lord Sumption speaking to CapX Deputy Editor Alys Denby:


He’s accused the Government of deliberately avoiding parliamentary scrutiny and using fear as an instrument of coercion. That, he says, is how democracy dies.

As England was put back under stay-at-home-orders, he spoke to CapX about the ethics and efficacy of lockdown.

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Alys Denby is Deputy Editor of CapX.