On March 21st, in his Daily Mail column, Peter Hitchens asked the unaskable: Is shutting down Britain – with unprecedented curbs on ancient liberties – REALLY the best answer? 

“This is our future,” he wrote, “and if I did not lift my voice to speak up for it now, even if I do it quite alone, I should consider that I was not worthy to call myself English or British, or a journalist, and that my parents’ generation had wasted their time saving the freedom and prosperity which they handed on to me after a long and cruel struggle whose privations and griefs we can barely imagine.”