SO, the vaccine passport pychos are at it again. Having failed to get their plan through during the summer because cases did not reach the hoped-for 100,000 a day, ‘sources’ in government have leaked to today’s Times that Psycho-in-Chief Michael Gove is pushing this scheme once again.
The paper says: ‘Michael Gove, the levelling up secretary, spoke in favour of certification at [yesterday’s] Cabinet meeting. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, is said to have opposed the idea, which is fiercely resisted by many Tory backbenchers.’ What a shocker from Gove.
The Omicron variant has come along just in time for the vaccine passport zealots to try again. This is despite the fact that ‘there have not yet been any hospital cases in Britain’ from the variant. Not a single one. That hasn’t stopped some public health experts and the usual suspects in Cabinet – Gove being the most obvious – campaigning for vaccine passports once again.
Let us be very clear. Vaccine passports, whether in a limited form or a wider scale, have nothing to do with protecting public health. Ireland ran a vaccine passport scheme for nightclubs, and they have just closed the venues down. In many countries on the continent they are running very widespread vaccine passport schemes and their infection rate is higher than in the UK. What’s more, having a vaccine does not stop you from getting Covid, and it doesn’t stop you from spreading Covid, as the Prime Minister himself has said. So there is little to be gained from vaccine passports.
There is however a lot to be lost: they would be costly and difficult for businesses and venues to implement, and morally they are discriminatory for those who do not have the vaccine and oppressive for those who have been vaccinated. They must ‘show their papers’ to access venues. This measure should be opposed by all right-thinking people, both those who are unvaccinated and those who are.
And that is before we get to what would count as being fully vaccinated: is it now the case that you must have three jabs, or will the two do? Not everyone has been offered a booster jab yet so it would be outrageous to deny young people most likely to go to places like nightclubs entry on the basis of them not having a vaccination booster that they have not been offered. However, as we all know, this isn’t about public health: this is about power, control and punishment.
When I read various opinion cases pushing for vaccination passports ‘or else’ they are usually dripping with vindictiveness. These people just don’t like the fact that others have made a different decision from them when it comes to vaccination. It irritates them, it distresses them. The unvaccinated must be brought into line, and if they are not willing to get into line, they should be punished. This is the motivation behind most of the vaccine passport pushers.
Whether vaccine passports are a gateway to something even more sinister, such as a social credit scheme, I leave to others to speculate. However even in their proposed form they are immoral, ineffective and wrong. They are discriminatory against the unvaccinated, and oppressive against the vaccinated. They must be defeated.