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Boris Johnson Is Doling Out £10,000 Fines for Starting Snowball Fights During COVID-19

The United Kingdom has instituted one of the most rigorous lockdowns in the world.

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"We live in a land of liberty," said Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. "It's one of the great features of our lives that we don't tend to impose those sorts of restrictions on people in this country, but I have to tell you we will rule nothing out."

He definitely didn't rule anything out.

The country has now instituted one of the most rigorous lockdowns in the world. Under Johnson's guidance, those in England are forbidden from leaving their homes unless they have a "reasonable excuse," which includes shopping for food, going to a medical appointment, attending religious services, and exercising no more than once a day.

That may not sound like a far cry from some of the stay-at-home orders in the United States, namely the one California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently lifted. But Johnson's government ups the ante beyond even Newsom's, in that the former is not afraid to take harsh punitive measures against those who step out of line. West Yorkshire Police recently issued £10,000 fines—the equivalent of about 13,700 U.S. dollars—to two men, aged 20 and 23, in Leeds, England.

Their crime: organizing a snowball fight.

"It was a very welcome relief…a welcome laugh that people needed," said one of the men, who, along with his friend, used social media to advertise the gathering. "I know many students who are extremely depressed, and stressed with online exams and have had little support. Mental health is equally as important as physical health…so many young people and students really have nothing to keep them going at this point."

Household mingling is strictly prohibited in England—indoors or outdoors. Single adults who live alone and single parents with children under 18, however, may form "support bubbles," which must only consist of one other household. Fines of £800 apply for anyone who attends a gathering of more than 15 people, and organizers face that ruinous £10,000 fee.

That draconian approach is not the exception, but the rule. Earlier this month, two women in Derbyshire were "surrounded" by police after they drove five miles to go on a remote walk together. The catch: They were each carrying hot drinks, so the cops classified it as a picnic and increased the punishment. Driving for exercise is "not in the spirit" of the current era, said the police.

The women each faced £200 fines, which were later dropped after a backlash. Whether or not the two men in Leeds will be so lucky remains to be seen.

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      1. I’m actually feeling pretty embarrassed for Billy Bunion these days. More than a week and 40 over-reaching EOs into the new term and poor Billy still can’t find a damn thing to raise a faux-libertarian government-gone-wrong snit about. His righteous TDS has melted into covering something as newsworthy as unicorn envy.

        He’s not even pretending anymore. Trump isn’t President so Billy’s TDS is in remission and his latest ground-breaking opinion pieces are literally about menstruating prison visitors and citations for snowball fights in England.

        If it couldn’t get any sillier, he puts a picture of England’s PM as the lead, and makes it sound like Boris Johnson himself wrote the citation in Leeds, and backs it up by citing some story about *2 other women were driving and got a ticket, but it’s been dismissed*. Ground-breaking there Billy. I guess if you don’t have Trump to kick around anymore, might as well go after a guy that kinda looks like him and attribute him some vague local story.

        No doubt Trump will play a game of golf and this will raise Billy’s TDS ire once again. But overall, it’s going to be a long fucking 4 dry years for this little Bunion and he may well end up doing cookbook reviews before it’s all over.

        This is only slightly less embarrassing for Reason at this point, but no doubt the senior editors haven’t noticed that their portfolio of leading stories is peaking with local school board issues and sumpin sumpin in Europe, plus a slight twist on Congressional actions that haven’t even been written yet. Maybe if they got some actual professional writers who weren’t afraid to be cancelled for their pieces and who remembered that journalism that matters isn’t about picking at every word or shrug for one Party while deflecting to non-specific policy discussions for the other Party. At least pretend you’re trying to be objective, and if you cannot do that, at least look like you’re trying to pretend you’re balanced.

        1. If only Boris Johnson would blow-dry and lacquer his hair into a reasonable facsimile of the mighty Trumpian coif, then poor Bunion might feel rejuvenated enough to tut-tut at him properly.

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  3. forbidden from leaving their homes unless they have a “reasonable excuse,” which includes shopping for food, going to a medical appointment, attending religious services, and exercising no more than once a day.

    “Bloody ‘ell, snowball fighting is obviously *not* a reasonable form of daily exercise!”

  4. Government only has one tool — a giant fucking hammer.

    When you don’t follow the rules, they only have one choice — hammer you.

    Of course, when they don’t follow the rules, it’s simply a regrettable error.

    1. Or “lack of judgement” for which they must “earn redemption and learn a lesson”, which pretty much happens once the mea culpa has been delivered with an adequate measure of false sincerity and the pundits jokingly banter for an evening and proclaim all is forgiven.

      And only that, only if caught and on camera and nobody is buying your “context”. Otherwise, it didn’t happen. Like other career criminals, politicians only get caught if they are extremely unlucky or they stupidly keep doing it over and over again.

  5. So Jeff Daniels here is allowed to pelt his girlfriend in the face with an iceball but the rest of us plebs have to eat a fine? Dumb. And getting dumber.

  6. Are you saying snowballs aren’t already banned in the UK?

    1. Snowballs, and the raw material used to make them, should only be in the hands of Government.

      It is for your SAFETY, citizen. Don’t you want to, “BE SAFE?”

    2. The “Surrender your knife | Save a life” boxes are now being repurposed to snowball boxes.

  7. I don’t think American people will tolerate this type of tyranny.

    1. Look around you – – – – – – –

    2. Sure they will, look at the fascist babblings about insurrection from our resident sociopathic karens, White Knight and Tony.

      1. HO2 is White Knight’s version of the 4 lights.

      2. Don’t forget cuntjeff, who is gleefully celebrating the prospect of the government imprisoning a man for posting a meme.

    3. Oh? If you boil a frog slowly enough, he won’t jump out of the pot.

      Exhibit A: Face Diapers. And now Fuck You Fauci is pushing for everyone to wear TWO face diapers at once.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/01/27/double-mask-variants-guidance/

      You will come to love the mask. It is for your own good citizen.

      1. Gives them room to *pull back*. When you have to wear two, imagine how liberated you’ll feel and grateful to the ones who finally relent and say you can drop down to one again.

        1. Nooooooooo!!! We demand another mask! Only with a third mask will we be completely SAFE!

          What’s the matter with you, anyway? Don’t you want to “BE SAFE?”

          Why do you hate SAFETY?!!

          1. LMAO! Apparently, if you can breath, you’re not wearing enough masks. Oxygen and fresh are are the enemy. Only weaklings need to breath.

            In 1984 world, breathing is suffocation and suffocation is breathing.

  8. Isn’t he worried about getting assassinated? There have got to be some very angry English folks, even if enough of them go along with this to get him reelected.

    1. With what? Kindergarten scissors?

      I don’t think the enlightened Government nannies have banned those. Yet. But in any case, freedom doesn’t seem to be a priority for subjects of the British Crown.

      1. As a people, they’ve historically been used to dealing with people they still call the royal family and still bow before. All show of course, but it keeps the peasants in the mood.

        1. Oh well. I guess groveling before their own elites beats groveling before the EU.

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  10. Full blown tyranny. Good thing we kicked those motherfuckers out because it could never happen here. Oh wait.

  11. Where’s the article about how it’s now a felony that can cost you your gun and voting rights to ride an uber without a face diaper?

  12. Oh the British. Never mind. They are just being silly again.

    Now go have some tea and spotted dick.

  13. Doris, Doris, Doris….

  14. Point and laugh at the scardy cats. Pitty them, talk to them like the adult children they are. Tell them “it will all be okay…settle down” and pat them on the head. They are afraid, really afraid, afraid of dying (not afraid of “grandma dying” as they claim, that is a smoke screen).

    When they try and virtue signal you with their “but…but…people are DYING!” statements, just tilt your head, scrunch your lips and eye brows, and say “everything is okay” and pat them on their head again.

    Fuck the masks, fuck the fear, and stop taking these scared child adults so seriously!

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