Lockdown rules are now “unenforceable” and the public will “do what they want to do”, policing leaders have warned.
They said the sunny weekend had been marked by widespread breaches of the lockdown which one senior police figure suggested was “to all intents and purposes ended.”
It may have been – was – possible to get the vast majority of the British to lockdown by telling them about the pandemic. But it never was enforceable, in the sense that the police, the army, or any other set of state power, could have forced adherence to those regulations if the peeps had said bugger it.
By and large it is still true that policing is by consent in the UK….. the police can only get people to do what people agree to do that is.