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There’s ‘BUYER’S REMORSE’ at having accepted Johnson’s lockdown in 2020, fumes Liddle

Journalist Rod Liddle claimed Britons feel “buyer’s remorse” about accepting to “swallow” the harsh lockdown in 2020 after Boris Johnson was alleged to have flouted the rules himself. Mr Liddle claimed it is hitting home the rules were “remarkable”. Being banned from sitting on a bench for more than fives minutes or getting arrested if you were caught repeatedly walking your dog epitomised the trying times, he said.

Speaking on GB News, he insisted that, although Britons hold a grudge against Mr Johnson over the party allegations, they are even more incensed at themselves for having accepted and adhered to the harsh lockdown rules 22 months ago.  

He said: “Sure there’s anger at Boris, but there also seems to be a self-anger that we actually swallowed this stuff.

“If you remember the first lockdown the rules which we were told to obey were remarkable even by today’s standards where we are used to Plan Bs and Plan As and all this kind of stuff.

“Even by that standard, allowed out to shop once a week, allowed out for an hour for a walk but not allowed to sit down on a bench unless it was for five minutes and that was your maximum.

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“And the police were arresting dog walkers.

“It was a remarkable time and I think firstly Boris has forgotten how remarkable it was, not least because he was in hospital at the time.

“But I think people are beginning to sit back and realise that who introduced all the restrictions didn’t deem them necessary for himself.”

England was plunged in a national lockdown between late March and June 2020 in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.

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“I think there is possibly some buyer’s remorse in there that not only does Boris Johnson lie but also that perhaps those rules were a bit too severe!”

Addressing the nation on March 23, 2020, Mr Johnson urged everyone to stay at home the lives of millions of Britons were turned upside down overnight.

He said at the time: “From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction: you must stay at home.

“Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.

“That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes [such as] shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.

“One form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle alone or with members of your household.

“Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.”


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