Families who lie about going on holiday to destinations such as Portugal face up to 10 years in prison – longer than the maximum sentence for sex offences with children or violent firearms crimes.
On Tuesday, Matt Hancock announced that anyone seeking to conceal their trip to a “red list” country – from which arrivals have to spend ten days in a quarantine hotel – would face a £10,000 fine or prosecution and a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
They’ll drop the specific places etc, have a list of no places where it applies, after this is all over. But they’ll not abolish the power to jail you for going somewhere they say you shouldn’t.
Because they never do drop such powers, do they?