Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that the Government must stop taking charge of people’s lives “purely to prevent them seeing the doctor”. Speaking to Conservative Home, the Tory MP said:
Ultimately the NHS is there to serve the British people, not the British people there to serve the NHS. And therefore – we may need to spend more money on hospitals – but you can’t run society purely to stop the hospitals being full otherwise you’d never let us get in our cars and drive anywhere or do any of the other things that people want to do.
So there has to be some proportionality within that, that the Government doesn’t have the right to take charge of people’s lives purely to prevent them seeing the doctor.
Actually otherwise we’d never be allowed in our kitchens would we, where a disproportionate number of accidents in the home take place, or our bathrooms, so we’d become very hungry and very smelly on that basis.
This is one of the first signals of discontent among members of the Government about the interminable lockdowns the U.K has experienced since March 2020. Let’s hope more of the genuine liberals and conservatives in the Government will come out against lockdowns and the emerging public health tyranny.
Listen to the full interview here.