COVID-19 Has Exposed the U.K. as a Failed State

COVID marshals walk on Eel Brook Common in Fulham, London, England, December 22, 2020. (Kevin Coombs/Reuters)
When one’s ability to plan for the future depends entirely upon predicting the whims of technocrats, this is not a free society.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J udged according to any passable definition of a free society, the United Kingdom is no longer fit for purpose. To those with eyes to see and ears to hear, this has been clear for some time. The simultaneously heavy-handed and ineffective government response to coronavirus is only the most recent example.

Consider the case of Charlie Gard from 2017. He was born in August 2016 with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that leads to brain damage and muscle failure. His parents wanted to try experimental treatments in the hope of saving their son’s life. They weren’t alone. In