Jack Newman – Daily Mail Online Sept 27, 2020
Nigel Farage has threatened to start an anti-lockdown party as he criticises Boris Johnson’s draconian measures to curb the rise in coronavirus cases.
The Brexit Party leader heaped pressure on the Prime Minister, saying the current restrictions are a threat to freedom.
He told The Times: ‘We stood aside for Boris Johnson’s government, now many are questioning why we bothered.’
He previously lambasted the government’s measures, accusing Mr Johnson of adopting an ‘authoritarian’ response to the crisis.
The former UKIP tweeted earlier this week: ‘The PM says we are a “freedom loving country”, but will fine you £10,000 and send the army in if he likes.
‘This is authoritarian – I don’t believe his promises on testing or the competence of the government. We didn’t vote for this.’
The Prime Minister’s decision to impose the recent 10pm curfew has been hit by criticism after it was revealed the move was not advocated by Sage – the panel of scientific experts chaired by Sir Patrick Vallance.
Sage members are said to be increasingly frustrated that they are being overruled while simultaneously being scapegoated for the harsher measures, according to the Daily Telegraph.
A former World Health Organisation director, Professor Karol Sikora, also highlighted concerns, saying: ‘Where is the evidence? Closing a little early will just hurt so many business owners.’
Sage scientists are reportedly calling on the Government to release their advice to exonerate them from any part in mooting a pub curfew.
It comes as households in the Welsh town of Llanelli were banned from entering each other’s homes and gardens from 6pm, with the nation’s two biggest cities of Cardiff and Swansea following suit. Residents are also banned from entering or leaving the areas without a ‘reasonable excuse’.
It comes after lockdowns were already imposed in large swathes of the North East and North West of England. More than a quarter of the UK is under tighter restrictions, including half of the Welsh population.