The extensive legal powers within the Coronavirus Act would normally be totally unacceptable in a democracy. But we are in a time of national emergency.
We live in anxious times. As coronavirus spreads across the world, we may have many reasons to worry; concern for elderly relatives, financial uncertainty, the emptying of supermarket shelves. And this is hardly helped by a 24/7 news cycle providing minute-by-minute updates.
In this whole crisis we thank God that the Government’s clear aim is to save lives. That’s not always true in every time and place. But with COVID-19, everything is being done with that intent. All politicians agree. Measures to fight the epidemic are clearing Parliament without a vote.
The NHS Gender Identity Development Service has become mired in controversy. There is the internal report claiming that children are being rushed through “gender-transition”, and the poor evidence base for puberty-blocking drugs.
Many today would argue that Christianity has changed the world for the worse.