What kind of a government has to be forced to feed its starving ...

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What kind of a government has to be forced to feed its starving children?

If there is one issue all the state’s critics can agree on, it’s that feeding schemes should never have stopped

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In a webinar hosted by Prospect magazine on Tuesday night, titled “Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Covid-19”, Lord Sumption, a former judge of the UK’s supreme court, disclosed there were certain of the UK’s lockdown regulations with which he refused to comply because they struck him as absurd.

That’s a fairly extraordinary admission from a former judge, even when said mellifluously, as the Brits are wont to do, so that the most subversive statements are uttered as if they were eminently sensible.

Lord Sumption was referring to the idea that for law to command adherence and respect it must be backed not only by superior policing power but, perhaps more importantly, by moral authority...

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