Identical schemes introduced at the same time just a coincidence and not a coordinated assault on personal freedoms claims officials.
Just as many predicted, the second city to impose travel restrictions ala 15 minute city agenda is Canterbury in England, which becomes the second city to impose huge restrictions of freedom of movement on residents of its city. The controversial plan includes the very same restrictions on personal freedoms as the Oxford scheme, a scheme which it's implementers have said "is going to happen whether residents like it or not".
Politician and Broadcaster Nigel Farage called the scheme "a climate change lockdown" causing Canterbury City Councillors to rush to social media to try and silence him. A Twitter spat between him and Canterbury City Council leader Ben Fitter-Harding about the controversial scheme ensued, with the Council leader attempting to take back the narrative in an almost identical meltdown that Oxfordshire County Councillors had when their scheme was revealed by us. The Canterbury scheme would see the city split up into five districts, with motorists being fined if they drive between them. In a tweet responding to a story about the proposals, Mr Farage said: "The climate change lockdowns are coming."
But Cllr Fitter-Harding, who announced the idea in October, quickly attempted some damage limitation saying: "This problem is about solving Canterbury’s crippling congestion problem, improving journey times, creating safer, healthier neighbourhoods." "Our medieval city was never designed for cars. What’s the problem with fixing that, please?"
But the far-left councillor quickly became unstuck as seasoned professional Farage fired back via KentOnline "it paints a frightening picture of China-style restrictions which will actually have a negligible effect on climate change while wrecking people's personal freedoms."
"There's absolutely no justification for it because it will not make one iota of difference to the planet, with China last year building 80 new coal-fired power stations," he said.
"Both ends of the county are being hit by this and I think it's absolutely horrific," he said.
"It paints a grim picture of a dystopian future of people constantly under mass surveillance and restricted where they can go. Yet all these cameras are not reducing violent crime which is on the increase."
"It's not even happening by stealth because it's all in plain sight. I actually think it's extremely dangerous, yet all the mainstream political parties seem to be on board with it."
Adding the stark warning: "You only have to look at the Covid lockdowns and how people who refused the vaccine were punished by government,"
Cllr Fitter-Harding responded to Nigel Farage claiming "it is not about robbing people of their personal liberties but liberating the city."
The scheme is identical to the one being imposed on Oxford residents, that was overwhelmingly rejected by the residents but is going ahead anyway.