Influencing behaviour by opaque messaging?

This social media advert is from the government, though the most prominent logo is that of the NHS, which has turned out to be a favourite technique in an endeavour, presumably, to get us onside.

But we are now allowed to gather inside in pubs in untold quantities but apparently not more than 30 outside, which all evidence suggests is very much safer. This really does begin to look like a protest ban not a gathering ban.

Gatherings of more than 30 people are illegal. Breaking the rules could cost you thousands. If you attend an illegal gathering, you could be fined £100, increasing on each offence up to £3,200.

Neon green and black image of a police officer. Text: Your actions could cost you up to £3,200. Attending illegal gatherings of more than 30 people is a crime.

To me this is rather more about XR and BLM banning not Covid prevention.

As closer inspection of the text tends to affirm – obfuscation and tautology are certainly this government’s speciality.

Attending illegal gatherings is a crime.

You don’t say.

And attending illegal gatherings of more than 30 people is a crime.

So that implies that attending illegal gatherings of less than 30 people isn’t?

Certainly I’m sure government would be happy to think it has shut down protest, though I remain unconvinced that they will..