In March 2020, Derbyshire police stalked dog walkers in the remote countryside with drones. They then used footage gathered from the exercise to warn people from taking non-essential exercise. The pandemic has pushed every nation’s capacity for common sense to near breaking point, but this still stands out as one of its most ludicrous episodes.
As with all overreactions, it probably felt perfectly commensurate to the police at the time. But one of the hardest tasks in a crisis is to work out whether you are acting with proportion. Hindsight may not be kind to many of our decisions, as coronavirus proved itself the perfect kindling for whipping up public outrage and mob justice. There is, however, one scandal where it seems people largely got it right.