Update – 23rd June 2020
We’re hearing that the UK government are planning to make the freedom to use pubs conditional upon customers identifying themselves, i.e. producing proof of ID upon entry.
Those who cannot or will not do this will be barred from entry until they obey.
We believe this will impinge upon our freedom to associate and may even be a breach of our human rights.
When UK pubs re-open, they could become heavily controlled and monitored by government, police(?) and potentially by ourselves, as unseen, unofficial snoopers.
We should all take a step back and let that sink in. In future, anywhere we are permitted to congregate could become a potential hotbed for learning, discussion and dissent.
In other words, people meeting in pubs will be seen as a threat to the “new normal” that’s being ushered in; this Brave New World of keeping a close eye on each other, exercising our freedom to snitch to the authorities, where our words – no matter how malicious – are likely to be taken on trust.
Hence this targeted social distancing of the alehouses and a new opportunity for ‘naysayers and subversives’ to have their details logged and their movements tracked and traced. The apps designed to achieve the Tory government’s ends will soon be rolled out here in the UK.
We now need to attend what’s left of the pubs, gather, drink, talk freely – as is our right – and rebuild our resistance to Big Brother right there.