Monday Notebook.

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Didact Tries to Break the Internet on Monday, but I don’t see that until Tuesday. He has found that wordpress can embed almost anything. Yeah, right, but I won’t put in the videos. We have an election on, and the joy of seeing our doofus PM grinning inanely and saying how wonderful a job she is doing of crashing the economy should not be shared among friends.

The legality of the ‘Rona Panic

Our leaders are pushing the law beyond its limits with two aims: firstly, to ensure we comply with their restrictions. Mask wearing, one metre distance, no more than four people in a lift — which are broken every day by most people because if they keep them they can’t get anything done.

In the UK, they have used an act which means that there will be no reporting, no scrutiny, no pack drill. Fascism on the quiet. We should not toerate such.

The Government has no legal right to impose the severe and miserable restrictions on our lives with which it has wrecked the economy, brought needless grief to the bereaved and the lonely and destroyed our personal liberty.

This is the verdict of one of the most distinguished lawyers in the country, the retired Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption.

He said last week in a podcast interview: ‘I don’t myself believe that the Act confers on the Government the powers that it has purported to exercise.’

He was referring to the Public Health Act of 1984, the basis for almost all the sheaves of increasingly hysterical decrees against normal life which the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has issued since March. I promise you that it is not usual for a retired senior judge to use such language in public.

This 1984 Act was drawn up mainly to give local magistrates the power to quarantine the sick.

Nothing in it remotely justifies these astonishing moves – house arrest, travel restrictions, harsh limits on visiting family members, interference with funerals and weddings, closure of churches, compulsory muzzles, bans on assembly and protest.

English law just does not allow an Act of Parliament to be stretched so far.
Lord Sumption was referring to the Public Health Act of 1984, the basis for almost all the sheaves of increasingly hysterical decrees against normal life which the Health Secretary Matt Hancock (above) has issued since March. I promise you that it is not usual for a retired senior judge to use such language in public.

Lord Sumption was referring to the Public Health Act of 1984, the basis for almost all the sheaves of increasingly hysterical decrees against normal life which the Health Secretary Matt Hancock (above) has issued since March. I promise you that it is not usual for a retired senior judge to use such language in public.

Magistrates are never given such powers. It is a principle of our law that fundamental freedoms cannot be invaded or overruled unless the law specifically allows it.

As he is one of the most distinguished legal minds of our time, Jonathan Sumption’s opinions on this matter are surely important.

Let us hope that the Courts of England, which have so far been content to let the Government do what it likes, will listen to what he says when they look at the matter again later this month, in the case brought by Simon Dolan, a businessman who is seeking a judicial review of the Government’s policy on Covid-19.

It is extraordinary for such a person as Lord Sumption to go public in this fashion. And he went on to say another astonishing thing.

He pointed out that powers do exist – in the shape of the formidable Civil Contingencies Act – under which the Prime Minister could do all the things he has done. But the CCA requires regular parliamentary scrutiny and renewal.

Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail

On the abolition of the People

The state broadcaster continually slides Maori into a woke creole of their own making, as if they are not themselves of European descent. The Pakeha are to be actively hated.

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New Zealand could officially become Aotearoa, Wellington could be Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and Christchurch could be Ōtautahi, if the Māori Party takes power at the 2020 election.

The party, campaigning to return to Parliament after being ousted in 2017, has announced a Māori language policy which would rewrite the place names on New Zealand maps, audit the public service on its cultural competence, and require state broadcasters to have basic te reo Māori fluency.

Māori Party candidate Rawiri Waititi said renaming New Zealand and its place names would be bold move that “elevates te reo Māori to its rightful place”.

I’m Pakeha. Those names are my history. My family has been here so long that England no longer wants us. We cannot go back. A wise leader would give my tribe a place to retreat into: these times are not wise. The good news is that the Maori Party are fighting with Labour for the seven Maori seats — and Labour is riding high.

Yes, Virginia, it is a conspiracy

Iran is behind an ongoing series of hack attacks and online disinformation campaigns meant to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election and boost Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

The Islamic Republic is betting on Biden’s campaign, according to regional experts and U.S. officials tracking the country’s efforts to sway the presidential contest. Tehran has engaged in cyber espionage operations targeting President Donald Trump’s campaign since late 2019, cyber experts say. It also has joined adversarial regimes such as Russia and China in waging online disinformation campaigns on social media as part of a larger effort to polarize voters and sow discord across America.

Iran’s efforts include amplifying anti-Trump voices in its state-controlled news outlets and creating false online personas to elevate similar material. Both Facebook and Twitter have moved in recent months to remove a litany of false accounts that they say were controlled mainly by Iran, Russia, and China. These countries have promoted disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and critiques of Trump’s response. The sophistication of these attacks has ranged from advanced stealth efforts to infiltrate the campaign and elected officials to more amateurish campaigns promoting propaganda via a slew of false social media accounts.

Free Beacon

On the news last night, there were riot police arresting people for protesting in Melbourne. Pulling people out of the car. The Premier justifying it. Andrews is quietly bringing in fascism, and our PM sees him as a model.

SO did real life things. This is going up Tuesday morning

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