Simon Dolan's Lockdown legal challenge
Simon Dolan is to Lockdown what Gina Miller is to Brexit. Both had the courage to take the Government to Court and currently Simon is engaged in a Judicial Review to end Lockdown.
Known for a love of motor racing and owning his own racing team, Simon is a successful businessman who also owns Jota Aviation company which has been delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS.
The main grounds for the Review are that the Government has acted illegally by imposing draconian measures as part of Lockdown and that it is disproportionate in law with the following impacts:
Billions wiped out daily the longer the Lockdown continues
Companies and jobs are being destroyed
The massive cost of the Furloughing Scheme
Social costs and removal of basic freedoms
No scrutiny, debate, or vote from the public before imposing Lockdown
Key points of the Judicial Review are:
1. Lockdown is “ultra vires” – outside of legal authority – because it implemented regulations under the Public Health Act 1984 instead of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 or the emergency Coronavirus Act 2020
2. The government reimposed the lockdown on a “disproportionate” basis in law, using “five tests” for lifting the lockdown, which do not take adequate notice of the impact on the economy, jobs and wider health.
3. It breached the European convention on human rights covering the right to family life, education, freedom of assembly, right to liberty, and the enjoyment of property
Here is the letter originally sent to Matt Hancock in Government:
Simon has managed to raise almost £200,000 towards the case with the help of the public:
"...We believe that the Govt has acted illegally and disproportionately over the COVID 19 lockdown and we are taking action.
By forcing people to stay at home, and forcing businesses to close, they are, we believe, in contravention of basic Human Rights offered under English Law, that of the right to enjoy your property peacefully.
The lockdown has and will lead to devastating economic impact (massive unemployment, tax increases, closure of businesses, reduced tax receipts etc) It has, and will lead to far more deaths from suicide, undiagnosed conditions, untreated conditions - indeed far more than would have been potentially saved by the lockdown.
What we wish to achieve in bringing this case, is simply the freedom of individuals - the freedom to visit friends, freedom to earn a living, to socialise, in essence, the freedom of choice. That, of course, includes the freedom to stay inside - should you choose..."
From reading the comments left by those donating on the site, it's clear that Simon is a knight in shining armour for those who can see that the Government is not acting in the interests of the public.
Simon also has a website you may find interesting:
You can follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/simondolan.