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Why Johnson will make life harder for the unjabbed


THE Prime Minister is allowing Plan B regulations to expire, choosing instead to put all his eggs, and thus those of the public, into the perpetually-modifiable vaccine-basket:

‘We will set out our long-term strategy for living with Covid-19, explaining how we hope and intend to protect our liberty and avoid restrictions in future by relying instead on medical advances – especially the vaccines which have already saved so many lives.’

Understandably, such news will be music to the ears of a regulation-weary population, yet with the double and triple-vaccinated still dominating the transmission and death statistics, and with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla conceding/gloating that the current vaccines have basically accomplished very little, one wonders just how many eggs Johnson is willing to load into the vaccine-basket before it breaks – the definition of an ineffectual vaccination programme now a wholly malleable field notwithstanding.

The answer of course, is that he, like his Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett – who to combat rising cases of Omicron has green-lit shot number four of the Omicron-resistant vaccine – will simply make the basket bigger to accommodate more rollouts, by altering the definition of what qualifies one as adequately protected: ‘Indeed, from our NHS data, we know that around 90 per cent of people in intensive care are not boosted.’

Bourla envisages his Omicron-effective ‘version 1.1’ of the vaccine to be ready around March, and so by the time a potential rollout might start in England, would the Prime Minister by then be saying exactly the same thing as he is now?

There is not a cat in hell’s chance that Johnson will progressively retire all Covid regulations while leaving the ‘unvaccinated’ population in peace, so from a personal perspective the only thing I took away from his latest statement to the House of Commons on Covid-19 is that the screw must therefore be turned on the demographic by other means.

After all, ending mandatory certification for large events but allowing organisations to ‘choose to use the NHS Covid Pass voluntarily’, leaves the door ajar for their widespread use regardless, and advising people to ‘speak to their employers about arrangements for returning to the office’ likewise fails to convince. Meanwhile in three acts of denial he refused to revoke care home and NHS vaccine mandates despite all the evidence that renders them pointless.

If Johnson had genuine faith in the vaccine-basket, and the data to back him up, then he would prohibit the use of certification and order all employers to resume pre-Covid service. But, like his brother-in-arms the Health Secretary, he does not want to concede any of the unwarranted additional power that now lies in the hands of Government, and would rather continue shifting the parameters of what constitutes freedom than pursue it wholeheartedly.

During Sajid Javid’s own recent Parliamentary update he said that having built some of the ‘strongest pharmaceutical defences in the world’, ‘it’s no wonder that we are the freest country in Europe’.

I’d almost be inclined to agree with the cherub-faced tyrant were it not for the fact that what he is talking about is a reinvented and phoney version of the freedom we once knew, and that a pandemic during which it is predominantly the vaccinated succumbing not only to the virus, but with alarming and fatal frequency to the vaccine itself, is indicative of a pharmaceutical defence Lemsip-esque in fortitude.

Like Johnson, Javid remains bent on hinging the return of freedom upon the guilt-tripping of the unvaccinated into moral and biological submission: ‘Let’s be clear: the reasons that those people have also been able to enjoy the freedoms they have today is because they are standing on the shoulders of those who have come forward.’

Hence in Javid’s ‘freest’ and Johnson’s ‘most open’ society in Europe, the self-determined – those likely now naturally immune, and who are regardless unwilling to spin the chamber of Pfizer’s vaccine-pistol for fear of it unloading a bullet somewhere inside their body – are now classified as freeloaders.

Freedom has become to Secretaries of State what a forecourt of dodgy vehicles is to used car salesmen, who massively inflate the price of their wares and then reduce them to somewhere still well above their true value to hoodwink customers into believing they have won a bargain.

No, we have not suffered this winter to the extent that our European neighbours have, but mass-killing via the prohibition of what could have been an effortless and affordable treatment phase of infection however, appears no longer to be a crime in Britain – impunity the true meaning of Javid and Johnson’s bogus freedom –  and if the power to legally enforce public health regulations is merely replaced by the option for organisations to continue to behave as if such power were still in situ, then surely this is ‘Freedom Day’ all over again.

‘I encourage everyone across the country to continue with all the cautious behaviours that we know help to keep everybody safe,’ stuttered Johnson, Hugh Grant-like, on Wednesday, although the House might just as well have been listening to one of his many sermons on caution and personal responsibility from exactly six months ago.

So let’s check in another six months just how the freest country in Europe is doing – a nation whose high-ranking politicians, shielded from accountability behind their ‘pharmaceutical defences’, hosted alcohol-fuelled orgies of hypocrisy as our grandparents died alone in care homes, and while we were trapped inside our own dwellings bearing the brunt of the blame for their cruel demise.

‘Confronted by the nation’s biggest challenge since the Second World War and the worst pandemic since 1918, any government would get some things wrong,’ ended Johnson in metronomic Churchillian tone.

What he really meant to say was that he should not have attended the party, and that’s one of the myriad reasons why the Prime Minister is naught but a giant hot-air balloon, with the rest of us perilously crammed in the creaking vaccine-basket below.

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