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Maajid Nawaz blasts No10's alleged double standards on Covid rules
11 December 2021, 16:40
This was Maajid Nawaz's poignant analysis of the public anger directed at the government following reports of multiple Covid-breaching Christmas parties last year.
"The British public is a very tolerant public and puts up with a lot, but fairness is something I believe that the British public, as a value, holds onto dearly.
"If their sense of fairness is disturbed, that's when you start seeing frustration and anger boiling over."
Referencing the closing scene from George Orwell's novel, Animal Farm, Maajid said: "If the pigs are having a party on their two legs while the rest of us are shackled, how do you not expect me to draw conclusions that Orwell wanted me to draw?
"Here we had, allegedly, multiple parties being held, champagne glasses allegedly clinking, secret santa's being doled out."
Maajid explained that he lost his grandmother during lockdown and was unable to visit her on her deathbed because of Covid rules.
"Put aside just my own natural state, and that is that I get upset when I see unfairness - you've now made it personal for a lot of people," he said.