Update 6 April

Policing the Corona State

Policing

Stay Home graffiti in SwanseaUnofficial “Stay Home” message, Swansea

Eastbourne beachEastbourne beach, Sunday 5th April 2020

Weston-super-mare beachWeston-super-mare beach, Sunday 5th April 2020

It is now two weeks since Boris Johnson announced Britain’s lockdown. Despite numerous and strong indications that the government’s efforts to persuade people to stay at home over an unseasonably warm weekend has been a rare policy success, Health Minister Matt Hancock still appears to be preparing the public for the possibility of further, much stricter rules on physical distancing.

Whilst much of the focus remained on people taking exercise in parks and open spaces, in Scotland the police issued a warning to the nation’s own chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, for visiting her second home in Fife during the lockdown. Calderwood, who had played a prominent role in the Scottish government’s messaging on the need to stay home, subsequently resigned from her role.

Kent Police became…

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