IT WAS news I couldn’t avoid, despite long since turning off the BBC, Sky News and the rest of them. There was the Queen on the front pages of all the papers, telling us that not to have the vaccine was selfish. Here is the Telegraph:
Who persuaded her to make such an intervention after a royal lifetime of abjuring royal involvement in politics? Whose idea was it that our 94-year-old monarch should back a nationwide immunisation programme for an experimental vaccine that has not been adequately tested according to normal vaccine trial protocols? The safety of which we don’t yet know?
He words appear to have been directed at ethnic minorities, a significant but not overwhelming proportion of whom are reported to be reluctant to have the jab. They were cruel ones, however, for all those sticking to a principle stance (whether on liberty or safety) in face of mounting ‘group pressure’.
Unusually, too, this famously reticent woman expressed her feelings on the matter: ‘Once you’ve had the vaccine you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important.’
This is of course a huge PR victory for a Government that has been less than transparent about the vaccines’ efficacy, safety trialling and last but not least, their necessity.
I never thought I would find myself criticising the Queen but I am. She has been used. I can forgive her because she is old and her 99-year-old husband is ill – I would say in her own way she was vulnerable. She’s been taken advantage of. This departure from royal principle is a disgrace, and I am sorry and angry that she had no wise courtier to advise her to steer well clear of this illiberal government’s immoral, manipulative, fear-mongering shenanigans and stick to a lifetime resolve of keeping out of politics.
Feel free to discuss this or anything else on your mind.