WELL, that didn’t take long. ‘We are all in this together’ has been replaced with ‘It’s us and them’. You are with us or you are against us, and if you refuse to submit to a de facto compulsory vaccination you are against us and should be stripped of your civil liberties.
Conservative MP Adam Afriyie MP tweeted over the weekend: ‘Please don’t be the person that risks holding the country back. Please take a vaccine when offered. Protect yourself, your friends and loved ones & let’s open our schools & get our country moving again.’
Piers Morgan, ever ready to demonise a group he doesn’t like, tweeted: ‘Love the idea of covid vaccine passports for everywhere: flights, restaurants, clubs, football, gyms, shops etc. It’s time covid-denying, anti-vaxxer loonies had their bullsh*t bluff called & bar themselves from going anywhere that responsible citizens go.’
Disgracefully, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab floated the idea of an internal vaccine passport scheme. Plans to allow entry to shops based on such a scheme are ‘under consideration’ and haven’t been ruled out.
The only problem Raab could see with stripping people of their civil liberties who do not conform to the government agenda were practical. Could the vaccine ID be copied, would the paperwork be trustworthy? He didn’t see any moral or ethical problems with this at all. Previously, when the experimental vaccine came onstream people who should know better proposed denying NHS treatment to those who were not vaccinated. So, leave them to die and choke on their own blood should they be in a car accident, I assume. And they would deserve it.
It may surprise some, but it never surprises me, just how shallow human decency is. It may be the case that people get along fine for years but once a minority is identified as a threat, an alleged threat to health and safety of citizens and state, the rhetoric changes from one of solidarity to that of exclusion. That is exactly what we are seeing now.
If the last few months have proved anything, it is how quickly people will embrace authoritarian and dictatorial regimes to save their own skins. The rhetoric against the non-vaccinated has turned poisonous and nasty; it is no accident. Dictators, egomaniacs and demagogues with an eye for opportunity must always dehumanise their target minority group first. This is why they use language such as covid-idiots, deniers, anti-vaxxers, and super-spreaders. These people are a danger, they must be singled out for humiliation, denunciation and ultimately denied their human rights. They will be quickly betrayed by their fellow citizens.
Usually, minority groups have been targeted as a threat to the majority because of their race, ethnicity, or religious status. In these progressive times, when health and science dominate, it should come as no surprise that the new minority is targeted because of their health and vaccination status. However the reasons for minority groups being singled out for abuse and exclusion are the same: they are, allegedly, a real and present danger to the majority. The cruelty, the poisonous language, the targeting is intended to ‘other’ them and separate them from the reasonable, law-abiding and healthy majority. The majority are clean: the minority are unclean and must be crushed.
Do not be surprised if this invective against those who refuse to conform to the vaccination scheme increases and ultimately for them to be targeted for physical threats as well as being stripped of their civil liberties. Covid has always been more about power than about health.
The Covid fascist regime is about those who have power and those who don’t. And the vast majority of people are happy to see power exercised over their fellow citizens for the worse once they have been singled out as a threat to their own health and comfort. Human decency was only ever skin deep.