I believe in the law, and our justice system. For most of my life, I have followed both the spirit and the letter of the law. It is profoundly troubling to me that I consider my government/s to have lost the moral authority to govern, and that my duty is now to my conscience above the law. I feel bereft, and adrift.
I did not expect to find a member of the House of Lords as an ideological bedfellow, but I have. Lord Sumption asserts that it is becoming morally acceptable to ignore Covid regulations, and even warns that a campaign of “civil disobedience” has already begun.
He said “I feel sad that we have the kind of laws which public-spirited people may need to break. I have always taken a line on this, which is probably different from that of most of my former colleagues. I do not believe that there is a moral obligation to obey the law… You have to have a high degree of respect, both for the object that the law is trying to achieve, and for the way that it’s been achieved. Some laws invite breach. I think this is one of them.”
That being said, I will try my best to stay within the law, even though I passionately dispute its validity. Here is some information about staying within the law in Scotland (please check your local regs if doing this elsewhere), for interest to cake and libertarians.
In order not to be in breach of the law you have to comply with all of the following:
- You can be up to four adults from 2 separate households (as many under 12s as you like)
- Your ‘reasonable excuse’ for leaving your home can be ‘Local outdoor informal socialising’ (or recreation, sport or exercise)
- You must not travel more than 5 miles outside the boundary of your local authority area
When cake and liberty was first conceived, ‘informal outdoor socialising’ was not permitted, so any cake and liberty activity would have had to have been done whilst exercising. This has now changed, and from my reading of the paragraph below, the conditions on ‘exercising’ are more restrictive than those on ‘informal socialising’. Personally, I will therefore be informally socialising tomorrow.
IMPORTANT. While the obligation to keep moving in order to meet the exercise requirement is no longer there, it is of paramount importance that ‘a gathering’ is not allowed to form. Should any people pause beyond a few moments to talk to me, I will ask them to keep moving and if necessary, move on myself.
The following was copied from Scotgov’s website https://www.gov.scot/…/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at…/
Local outdoor informal socialising, recreation, sport or exercise. This can be in groups up to a maximum of 4 people from a maximum of 2 households, plus any children under 12. 12–17 year olds can meet up in groups of up to 4 at a time and are not subject to the 2 household limit. Outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise can start and finish at a place in your local authority area (or up to 5 miles from its boundary). For exercise, you should travel no further than you need to reach to a safe, non-crowded place.
PS If anyone had told me, a year ago, that I would tonight write these words I would have thought they were delusional.