Speaking of prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak (among other British politicians), the Financial Times notes (“Police Issue 50 More Fines over Westminster ‘Partygate’ Breaches,” May 12):

Johnson, his wife Carrie and Sunak were last month fined £50 each for attending an illegal birthday party held at Downing Street in June 2020.

That politicians or other rulers fall under the laws they have imposed on ordinary citizens should be a cause for celebration as one realizes the size of the spider web these rulers have spun against individual liberty. Even if one grants that the recent pandemic was a special emergency, the very concept of “illegal birthday party,” also enforced on one’s own property or with the permission of the property owner, dramatically illustrates how government power has grown and how monstrous Leviathan has become.

This must be due to “neoliberalism,” the recent decades of deregulation and wild-West liberty that authoritarians (and some mistaken analysts) imagine as a scapegoat for everything wrong in today’s world!