Student fines of £200 for seven students chatting in a car park seem excessive and disproportionate while a mile up the road in central Colchester, night-time crowds of young people congregate outside the Playhouse and other nigh-time hotspots, waiting to get in.

Any benefits to social distancing inside are mitigated by the tightly-packed queues of people trying to get in outside.

It’s obvious that the police and university conspired to find young people to make an example of.

At my Association of Pension & Benefits Claimants CIC we feel that these huge deductions for early payment (£100) are discriminatory.

The offspring of wealthy parents are not effected by large, disproportionate fines, but for poorest it is a different story.

Expecting someone on Universal Credit, for example, to find £200 is another matter.

Prior to Covid-19 the global economy was set to crash. The dollar has been devalued - especially since 2008 and the banking crisis by endless stimulus packages.

Since the 60s when Nixon took the dollar off the gold standard in order to print money to fight the Vietnam War, workers are having to work longer and harder.

Meanwhile real assets like property skyrocketed as the value of money fell, being handed out like confetti in the current crisis.

We have a global environmental crisis manifesting itself in forest fires and hurricanes, very high unemployment and global poverty.

We are guessing, but at the World Economic Forum in January 2021 expect to hear talk of a global reset and the introduction of a new global digital currency to rival Bitcoin.

Covid-19 is real, but the actual game behind it is the introduction of the idea of far more hands-on control of people by governments and the introduction of a global digital currency in the digital age.

Environmentalism will top the agenda and we may see governments deciding how many babies people can have, a policy that’s been in existence in communist China.

Covid-19 is helping us get use to the idea of extreme state control.

These fined students are a part of the “great game” if they only knew it.

Simon Collyer

Colchester