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The ‘new era’ in the UK, and most other Western nations, started in March 2020. Prior to then we thought we lived in modern, pluralist democracies. But then things went very, very wrong.

China’s approach to managing the outbreak of a ‘novel coronavirus’ – lockdown – was adopted by Italy, the UK and then most of the ‘developed’ world. While the disease was fatal for some – especially the very elderly and those with underlying health conditions – most people were only mildly affected, if affected at all by Covid-19. Lockdowns, however, became the preferred method of dealing with the disease in most Western ‘democracies’.

This policy has resulted in a rapid removal of most of the most basic civil liberties that we took for granted before March 2020: freedom of association; freedom of speech; freedom to travel; parliamentary scrutiny of legislation.

The government has become all-powerful, mandating stay-at-home orders, the closure of business and travel curbs. It has also become the most important advertiser (propagandist) almost overnight, thereby ‘owning’ the Covid editorial agenda of most of the media. The BBC refuses to give voice to arguments against the government policy response to lockdown or mandatory medical intervention. Social distancing, a masked population, and mandated vaccination are portrayed as the definitive ‘science-based’ responses to the “pandemic”. And now the ‘climate emergency’ and woke ideology are off-limits for dissenting opinion.

The New Era (TNE) is a website for people who don’t subscribe to the view (or aren’t completely convinced) that the wholesale removal of liberty and free speech are appropriate policies.Since March 2020 our liberties have been removed and the mainstream ‘free press’ ceased to exist. This is the place to hear some counter views.

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Jeffrey Peel
Jeffrey Peel is a businessman, writer, and political commentator. He started The New Era as a libertarian response to restrictions introduced by the government in March 2020. He has written widely for other publications like Spiked and TCW.