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A time to reflect for the Covid Collaborators


‘THANK you for keeping us safe’. This was a typical sycophantic reply to the Covid restrictions imposed by the likes of Mark Drakeford in Wales and Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand. In England, Guardian readers accused Boris Johnson of recklessness: ‘the worst leader at the worst possible time’. I’m no apologist for Johnson but I shudder to think of the regime under Sir Keir Starmer.

As mandates are being withdrawn across the world, some people are bereft. With the tide receding on public health puritanism, they insist on continuing to wear a mask. It’s to show compassion for others, they say. Face covering, unprecedented in our culture, became a symbol of Covid culture. Never scientifically justified (the Spanish flu epidemic over 100 years ago showed that masks increased infection), it was really an obedience test. Significantly, it readily identified the awkward minority. ‘No mask, no entry’ signs proliferated, some remaining long after the rule was officially relaxed.

Then came the vaccine, but Pfizer baptism was not visibly obvious. Instead, the righteously jabbed enthusiastically supported punishment and rewards, in the form of a domestic vaccine passport. I watched a rally against the Covid Pass in Belgium. As the marchers passed a trendy bar-restaurant, customers came out to watch the procession of ‘anti-vaxxers’, their aloofness drawing remarks on how they would have collaborated with the Nazis.

In France, Italy, Israel, Lithuania, Canada and blue states in the USA, it was impossible to go anywhere without vaccine verification.  In England the government stopped short of the passports used in Wales and Scotland, but some sport and entertainment venues required them regardless. Left-wing singer Billy Bragg was heckled in Brighton: how could he endorse such blatant discrimination after opposing it throughout his career? As a third wave began in late 2021 (despite mass vaccination), abhorrent commentaries appeared on a regular basis in newspapers, such as Andrew Neil’s Daily Mail tirade ‘It’s time to punish Britain’s five million vaccine refuseniks’. 

At a news conference Ardern smiled as she answered in the affirmative a journalist asking whether New Zealand was creating a two-tier society. Yet after months of politicians stating that vaccine passports were the ‘new normal’, suddenly they are being mothballed. Whether this is a response to worldwide protests, most notably the truckers in Ottawa, Covid lethargy or a planned intermission is difficult to discern. When the highest court ruled that vaccine mandates in the police and armed forces were a violation of human rights, Ardern shrugged and said that she intended to reverse the rule anyway.  

The cultists are upset that the unjabbed minority will not suffer for their alleged selfishness and ignorance. When Ontario declared an end to legal enforcement of vaccine passports, some businesses were keen to continue ‘following the science’. Toronto Zoo, for example, guaranteed that its visitors would be protected on its premises. Relieved recipients of the mRNA injections replied to the zoo on Twitter, saying ‘Thank you for keeping the animals safe’. More revealing was the comment ’90 per cent of Ontarians are vaccinated, so this is good’.

Covid certainly brought out this discriminatory mentality, giving platoons of little Hitlers power that they do not want to relinquish. This has worked wonders for the authorities, as tyranny is most effective when policed by the people themselves. A structure has been created, consolidated and cemented, ready for the next contagion (or other contrived crisis). A digital identity system has passed its pilot phase.

Of course, disease control was not the primary reason for mass surveillance. The EU began developing a vaccine passport years earlier. Tony Blair tried unsuccessfully to introduce identity cards during his premiership. In the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government in which Douglas Hurd was Home Secretary planned to launch such a scheme for football fans; it was abandoned after the Hillsborough disaster (when dozens died due to another safety device, the perimeter fencing).

Undoubtedly many supported Thatcher’s proposed intervention as a response to hooligans. Indeed there was fighting on the terraces and beyond the turnstiles. In a Nottingham Forest match programme (December 13, 1978) an article called for a league-wide passport to watch football. ‘Yes, fellow supporters, this could be the answer to rid our ground and city of this cancerous violence.’ But it was not only fighting and missile-throwing that the writer saw as a problem. Uncouth language and general indiscipline were regarded as deterrents to respectable supporters. The article was replete with medical analogies of disease and surgical excision. 

As we have seen with Covid, snobs do not need much encouragement to apply their snobbery. However, stereotyping and demonising people with different opinions or behaviours has worsened in recent decades, alongside the replacement of fact and reasoning with the narrative of ‘progressive’ ideology. A critic of the Covid regime is not only wrong, but immoral. Urging punitive segregation is a socially acceptable response to the morally unclean who contaminate society.

This is a mass projection. It not only dehumanises the targeted minority, but also dehumanises the majority who allow persecution to happen. Let us hope that the callous collaborators of the Covid tyranny will come to reflect on how they have treated their fellow citizens over the past two years.   

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