From Peter Hitchens, brother of the late Christopher:
“Officials and politicians dare not relax the measures they took in a panic, in case they are blamed if anything ever goes wrong afterwards. And millions genuinely believe they are safer as a result.”
What that means is that a series of panics will inevitably cause our freedoms to be ratcheted into oppression via the “concern for security”. And the ratcheting goes one way, irreversibly.