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We’ve got a cheek to call out Qatar over human rights


WHEN England’s footballers thrashed the San Marino minnows 10-0 last week, thus qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar, talk inevitably turned to whether England should be going to the tournament at all. I’ve listened to various commenters in the media complain about the appalling human rights record of Qatar and question why teams, and fans, would want to go there with that in mind. They talk about the treatment of migrant workers who have toiled in terrible conditions to ensure the World Cup could be held, and women’s rights are obviously high on the agenda. 

TalkRadio did a segment on Thursday’s Ian Collins show on whether England should play in the Qatar World Cup considering their abuses but I give TalkRadio a free pass – at least the majority of their presenters, Collins included, are aware of the abuses committed across the West.

While questions should be asked about awarding the World Cup to Qatar, oddly, I haven’t heard the same vitriol about the human rights of other countries tarnished by authoritarian rule. To name one, Australia. I’ll let J P Sears iron that one out.

Suffice to say, they’re not exactly glowing at present and while the debate rages on whether unvaccinated tennis players should be allowed to compete in the Australian Open, I’ve heard little discourse, certainly on mainstream media, about the destructive measures Dan Andrews has inflicted on his people. I don’t think the Ashes will be an issue. The genuflecting morons who pick up bat and ball in this country will no doubt have taken all three jabs so at least Andrews will be able to roll out the red carpet to the visiting Poms.

Talking of sport, international rugby and football continues in this country and while we don’t have the same draconian rules as Australia (yet), we are a country that recently booted 60,000 care home workers out of their jobs for not taking the vaccine. That overreach will soon occur for NHS frontline workers who have not taken the jab. Where is the outcry on the human rights record of our own country?

Austria: the country that gave the world Adolf Hitler, the dictator who divided his adopted country into two types of people. Austria have been apologising for their infamous son for decades but don’t think this policy was all that bad, having recently decided to split their country into two tiers. Forced vaccination is the next thing on the agenda.

Germany are on the same path, France shut down parts of their country to the unvaccinated by bringing in the Covid passport and so have Scotland and Wales. It appears Slovakia and Greece are heading in a similar direction.

I don’t think Qatar should have been awarded the World Cup. They’re not a great footballing nation and the playing conditions are entirely wrong; the FIFA delegates who made this decision will no doubt have been rewarded for their choice. Their human rights record is abysmal but Qatar aren’t alone in that. Human rights are trampled on by Western countries on a daily basis, more so in the last nearly two years of fear porn and exaggeration. If you’re unvaccinated in a Western country, you’re automatically labelled as unclean, plague rats to be scorned and coerced and segregated from the compliant.

Those who have forced through restrictions which have damaged lives and continue to hurt the citizens who elected them have a gall complaining about the human rights of Qatar. The image of stones and glass houses comes to mind.

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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