IN the space of 24 hours this week, three things occurred and though I don’t find much of what government or their hangers-on do surprising anymore, I feel each of these things deserves a mention.
In chronological order, there was the vote that never was. Then Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s Covid press conference and lastly, the clamour by those whose wages have never been affected by lockdown calling for Plan B to be implemented. I apologise but I will be taking each of these things out of order, essentially because one of them follows the other.
In Javid’s Covid conference on Wednesday night, he stated that the best way to avoid the pitfalls of another lockdown or further restrictions was for the already vaccinated to ‘encourage’ those who have not yet received the first jab to do so.
‘We won’t be implementing Plan B at this point, but we’ll be staying vigilant, preparing for all eventualities … one line of defence is treatments … we cannot be complacent … first, we’ll redouble our efforts to encourage anyone who is eligible to take up the initial offer of a jab.
‘There’s almost five million people over the age of 16 that remain unvaccinated in the UK. It might be someone you know, a friend, a family member, a colleague, and if you do, tell them that it’s never too late to come forward. So if you haven’t yet had your jab, please take this huge step to protect yourself and to protect your loved ones.’
On the booster jab, Javid stated that they will ‘save lives but keep your freedoms too’. You can watch the press conference in full here.
There’s something about the language in Javid’s speech that I found insidious. Encouraging friends, colleagues and family members to turn against each other is bad enough, but there’s something of the old McCarthyism about it.
Beware the Communist under your bed, they said. Turn them into the authorities.
Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but what I will say is the Government is no longer careful about the language it uses. Why would it be? Ministers have all the keys to power, an ineffectual opposition and they believe they have the British public on their side. For how much longer, that remains to be seen.
This came less than 24 hours after the vote that never was. On Tuesday evening, MPs were to gather to debate and then vote on an extension of the dreaded Covid Act (2020), what I label as the Dictators Act. Only a handful of MPs showed up and the Deputy Speaker deemed that it was ‘not in the mood of the House to vote on the issue’.
We at TCW Defending Freedom know what this Act has meant for a lot of people. The powers implemented from it have closed down businesses, many for good.
They have kept family members away from each other, some dying without the company of their loved ones in their last minutes. They have caused and exacerbated mental illness, with many taking their own lives during the last 21 months.
Yet despite this, the Deputy Speaker and the small amount of MPs who bothered to show up could share a laugh and a joke on the evening of what was supposed to be an important vote, and the extension passed with barely a whimper.
In the aftermath of Sir David Amess’s tragic murder, the media and parliamentarians have highlighted the importance of respecting public servants, urging that the British people recognise the tough job they are doing and show a little more respect to their elected representatives.
I ask you, what respect was shown to the British people in the Commons chamber on Tuesday evening?
If our MPs want our respect, they have to earn it and also remember that respect goes both ways. They showed none for us on Tuesday evening and their decision to bin democracy leads me on to the last point – those clamouring for Plan B to be implemented.
After Javid finished his press conference, the media typically leapt on to the opportunity to savage him about shutting down the country, all under the notion of keeping us safe.
The British Medical Association was first out the traps, stating that the Government was being ‘wilfully negligent’ by not reimposing restrictions in light of the rapid rise of cases.
What bothered me about this clamour for lockdown restrictions to be put back in place wasn’t the numbers stated or the predictable hysteria we’ve come to know and loathe from former journalists now government stooges.
It was the fact that the many people calling for Plan B to be put in place are those whose wages or careers have never been affected by lockdowns.
These were the same people last year and at the mid-point of this year saying it was too early to lift restrictions. The print and broadcast media, those who work in the NHS, the unions and the quangos, parliamentarians and civil servants. Namely, the public sector and those one way or another in the State’s pay.
These are the group who have continued to receive a salary, in some cases seeing their remuneration rise while away from work. The group who know that their jobs will always be safe. This supposedly kind and caring demographic who are more than happy to see loved ones separated again, to see business plummet, some never to return. I’ll never understand these people.
The fall of democracy, a witch-hunt against the unvaccinated and a self-serving people who couldn’t care less about hard-working peons. I don’t know about you, but I never thought this possible in a free and democratic Britain. How much further we fall, only time will tell.