ON Tuesday evening, 291 MPs voted for the new tier system in England, what is, essentially, a further lockdown wrapped in a euphemism to make it sound less harsh than it is. Despite Peter Hitchens urging the public to write to their MPs, only 78 MPs (55 Tory) voted against it. I decided to send an email myself to our local Tory MP, Jerome Mayhew, but somehow I knew before I’d even typed his name that he would vote with the government, and I wasn’t disappointed.
A total of 186 Labour MPs abstained. Why? In my opinion, for political expedience. We all know their position on the lockdown, having stated on multiple occasions that they’d have done it sooner and harder, but on Tuesday they sat the vote out. Vote against the government and they’ll be accused by the pro-lockdown zealots of killing granny. Vote with the government and they’re accused of killing businesses and stripping civil liberties. Much better for Labour to sit on the fence on this one like cowards. I hope they get splinters.
So what did these 291 MPs vote for? To keep the country safe? To protect their golden calf, the sainted NHS? To ensure the virus doesn’t wipe out the populace? No.
They voted to ruin businesses, kill more of our people (non-Covid related illnesses and suicide), further imprison the elderly, increase mental illness, and continue their big state policies which have stripped the people of their liberties. This is what they voted for. To say otherwise is just wrong.
I cannot express how I feel at this moment. Not only for myself, my already ill partner and our parents who are suffering in care homes. My empathy extends to businesses who will be facing financial ruin as we move towards what should be a busy time of year for them. The ailing pub trade, the people who will join millions of others who have lost their jobs, those who sit in care homes (or in their own homes) and who feel abandoned by their families. My heart breaks for these people, but I am I angry too. Towards those who support and voted for these measures which are stripping this country bare. The ‘just following orders’ Gestapo on our streets who treat one class of citizen differently from another. The people calling snoopers’ hotlines. The people who voted for this party last year. I despair of where this country is heading, and if the proposed vaccine is made mandatory, what then? Will the compliant nation line up like cattle at a slaughterhouse or will we see resistance? Who knows?
On a lighter note, I called my mum recently. We talked and laughed and I told her that I’d send her some presents for Christmas. I thought maybe a boxset was a good idea because it’d help cheer her up and I mentioned Carry On, because I know she likes those films. She said she was always more partial to Only Fools and Horses so if she thinks she’ll be getting the Carry On movies, she’s in for a nice surprise because we are sending her the tales of Del Boy and Rodney. What I know she wants is for us to be there in person. To talk to her, hold her hand, give her a hug. The government took away that right by making care homes gulags for both residents and visitors and now, what with her being in a Tier 3 area, we have no chance of seeing her, not for some time. I hope our presents bring her some joy. I hope, for those who can’t see their parents or families, people can find other ways of cheering up their relatives, maybe using Skype or Zoom to talk to them. I hope we can all get through this time together.