AS Secretaries of State spit fire on the unvaccinated with impunity, Guardian journalists, in lockstep, are lowering the bar of their integrity so that it now lies in the sewers beneath London.
Wednesday’s conveniently anonymous article, purportedly written by the parent of a 13-year-old child being bullied at school by her peers for having had the jab, was naught but a spurious pro-narrative checklist on child vaccination, touching upon nearly every aspect of the scandalous ‘anti-vaxxers’ and ‘potential superspreaders’ narrative we are bombarded with.
Such a brazen attack on the ordinary parents of ordinary children just trying to live ordinary lives in this lunatic asylum of a country cannot, surely, go unchallenged.
The article opens with the issue of consent and the use of the misleading phrase that the parent in question consented to the vaccination of her daughter ‘as required’, and that at 13 she was old enough to make choices about her body and make the final decision on vaccination herself. Gillick competence: tick.
As a pro-vaccination family, they had chosen to keep away from the topic with their friends who were not, conveniently backing up the Health Secretary who thinks such types freakish ‘idiots’. Divide and rule: tick.
‘My daughter is at an age where she seeks out a lot of information online, so I directed her to some websites to read up more widely about it [Covid-19 vaccination].’ The poisonous spreading of conspiracy-theorist misinformation: tick.
‘[Her] cousin was targeted outside school by anti-vaxxers a few weeks ago.’ Support for Javid’s ‘exclusion zones’ around schools: tick.
‘Some of the kids are saying they won’t have it because they can’t see how it helps them,’ said incorporeal daughter ‘S’ to holographic mother. A nod to the recommended stigmatisation of those actually exercising Gillick competence: tick.
‘But I think that there’s a benefit to me being able to see grandma without worrying about infecting her. And I can’t face school closing again, so I’m a bit stressed, but I’m going to do it,’ continues S.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi must have written this bit, to reiterate the recent threat he made in yet another letter home to parents, that only vaccinated children will be able to see their grandparents this Christmas: tick, and the dismissal of the JCVI’s original decision in favour of Chris Whitty’s sliding scale of clinically-unassessed juvenile anxiety: tick.
‘[S] came home with a sore arm and slight headache, but other than that she was fine’. Total refusal to address MHRA’s Yellow Card Reporting System figures: tick.
‘All was well until the following day, when another child in her class declared that because S had the vaccine, that meant she had now been injected with Covid – so if anyone went near her she would pass Covid on to them. This resulted in several children moving away from her, and refusing to sit beside her during lessons or at lunchtime.’ Unvaccinated children to be the public whipping-boys and girls of this winter’s restrictions: tick.
‘Having the vaccine means that she’s safer in terms of transmission than the other unvaccinated children in her class.’ Time perhaps, to remove the UKHSA’s wholly misleading vaccine surveillance reports from the public domain? Tick.
‘Some children will [also] be facing [pressure] from their families not to have the vaccine, often because of concerns that it may not be safe for young people.’ Gillick competence now finally tossed out the window: tick.
‘Reels and videos on social media help, particularly those made by people in the same age group.’ Endorsement of online healthcare in this, the era of TikTok doctoring: tick.
‘Surely there needs to be more official – and fact-checked – dedicated communications for teens.’ Endorsement of online healthcare in this, the era of Facebook-funded clinical analysis: tick.
‘My daughter remains proud that she has played her part in tackling the virus.’ Persuade the public they are embroiled in a war on terror by using infantile, faux-patriotic, WW2-esque jingoism; desensitising them to the coercive lexicon of Humanitarian Interventionist newspeak: tick.
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock: the metronome of duplicity is incessant, and if that piece might not potentially end up indirectly responsible for the maiming and deaths of a number of children, such a dull and predictable sound might fade into the background.
Come on, Guardian, you can do better than this. Some of us big kids like doing puzzles as we slurp Coco-Pops of a morning, before they too are considered a public health hazard worthy of puerile propagandist pieces such as these.