"One of the problems is that we have a Tory government which doesn't traditionally believe in such things and a Labour opposition which does. The left has always been convinced of the value of social control. I suspect that if we had a Labour government and a Conservative opposition, the Conservative Party would be united in opposing the kind of measures that have been taken. What has happened in practice is that the government has proposed [measures] and Labour has taken every government proposal and doubled it, so we effectively have no opposition except within the Conservative Party".
The opposition inside the Conservative Party itself is exemplified by the dozens of Tory backbenchers who have stood firm against restrictions, including Steve Baker, Mark Harper, Desmond Swayne and Charles Walker. Where Sumption asserts that the party would be 'united in opposition' if the shoe were on the other foot, there is already a precedent that shows he is spot on about this.
In Wales, where Labour is running the lockdown show, the Welsh Conservatives were universally opposed to Drakeford's so-called 'fire-break' lockdown last Autumn.
The full fascinating interview with Lord Sumption can be heard here. Lockdown enthusiasts who can listen to the whole piece and still refer to him as an 'idiot' should perhaps take a good look at themselves in the mirror.