CONCERNING the NHS vaccine mandate, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman has reportedly said that ‘there are no plans to change the implementation date for this policy’, dispelling recent rumours of a postponement.
Although no chatter circulated regarding its complete scrapping, such a fine idea nonetheless is worth exploring, as there are important issues embedded deep within just why, theoretically speaking, the Johnson Government could never revoke the NHS vaccine mandate – issues which transcend such curveballs as soothing disgruntled Tory backbenchers, redeeming the Prime Minister’s post-partygate reputation or heeding warnings from the Royal College of GPs; and which emphasise that although there is an evolving national feeling of optimism about the trajectory of the pandemic, the public should be wary of allowing this to hypnotise them into believing it to be the result of their collective moral fortitude.
Simply put, allowing unvaccinated frontline health workers to work face-to-face with vulnerable patients would fly in the face of a web of deceit that has taken Government almost two years and £400billion to spin: a volte-face of potentially catastrophic magnitude.
The behavioural control mechanism of mass belief in both asymptomatic transmission and the inferior quality of natural immunity would immediately be rendered impotent, and Government would risk spinning the great pandemic narrative off its domestic axis, much to the chagrin of its scriptwriters-in-chief, I suspect.
If unvaccinated doctors and nurses were permitted to continue working within the holiest of all Covid-19 agitprops – the virtual Platoon set that has now become the NHS – there would no longer exist any credible rationale to bully the population into submitting to the rollout (the vaccine’s already comprehensive inefficacy notwithstanding).
What kind of a threat could your average unvaccinated citizen be advertised to present to a train full of healthy commuters, or a supermarket full of healthy shoppers, for example, if an unvaccinated nurse remains free to work in close physical contact with the sick and vulnerable of society?
The manufacturers of fear would find themselves between a rock and a hard place vis-a-vis the marketing of brand-Covid, which in all likelihood would then have to either be laboriously reinvented once again, or retired altogether. It could be replaced with another brand next autumn of course, but by then too much pandemic-steam would have been lost.
And so with the red herring of asymptomatic transmission and the expletive that has become natural immunity both in the gutter, alongside a panoply of oily promotional slogans such as stop the spread and act like you’ve got it, the more tangible sources of the narrative’s fishy stink – masks, mass testing of the healthy, and the king of them all, lockdowns – would likewise have to be discarded for good, and the slippery doom-mongers of public health would be forced to answer the question of why they didn’t stick to the original and far more humane Pandemic Preparedness Strategy. A question to which they would then have not even the flakiest of answers.
Government simply cannot backtrack over the narrative the vehicle by which vaccination of the entire population must be nefariously achieved (to exactly what end an ethical cesspit in itself), for without this vehicle there would quite literally remain nothing other than the flu rebranded.
The domestic engineers of this fake emergency would have to admit not only that natural immunity was always sufficient for the continuation of normal life during a pandemic, but that the damage inflicted by non-pharmaceutical interventions not even originally advocated, and yet which were nevertheless cruelly implemented to service the national re-education programme that is fear of asymptomatic transmission, was all for nothing.
Government would also be forced to revoke the care home mandate which preceded that for all regulated healthcare settings, and compensate or reinstate all those who refused vaccination and were sacked for their sins; and in a good many cases perhaps compensate those who subjected themselves to multiple doses of an experimental substance with as-yet unquantifiable long-term health ramifications simply in order to provide for their families.
Laying aside the thorny issues arising from its theoretical revocation, even a postponement of the mandate would equate to yet another slap in the face for all unvaccinated health workers, who would have needlessly endured the last three months – including the festive season – of discrimination, financial worry, stress, and feelings of worthlessness, only to find themselves back at square one and staring down the barrel of yet more months of grief, all compounded by memories of the doorstep clapping theatrics and 1 per cent pay rise debacle.
Delaying the policy until the pressures of winter had passed would also thus prolong the scapegoating to which these unvaccinated workers are subject, both at their places of work and within the heartless fear-porn of mainstream media headlines.
Heroes? Use-and-throw puppets for pernicious and politicised pandemic policies more like.
Let us also not forget that November’s impact assessment of the mandate had already identified a central scenario in which 88,000 staff would choose to remain unvaccinated, and so the news that 80,000-plus workers have indeed yet to receive their first jab will come less as shocking news to Government, and more as an irritating affront to the weight of their authority from a demographic of self-determined citizens whom they would much rather crush than negotiate with.
After all, the crushing of self-determination is their new business, and business is booming in the post-autonomy era, whose birth Covid-19 was doubtless commissioned to induce.
Perversely, kicking the mandate six months down the road could paradoxically end up playing rather nicely into Johnson and chums’ hands (assuming the former was still in office) as this post-autonomy era narrative could then be effortlessly and profitably drawn out further still.
As the weather warms, ‘pressure’ on the NHS recedes, and the nation becomes intoxicated by a patriotic summer of post-restriction flag-waving, these 80,000 unvaccinated health workers will have become a time-bomb reset to detonate by autumn. At which point, we may find ourselves facing yet another winter of virus-related political peacocking, due in part no doubt to the convenient spread of yet another transmissible scariant, but with the unwelcome addition of the very threat to the healthcare sector we are facing during this period of calm – the imminent sacking of 80,000 health workers.
What a fine excuse that would make for another autumn and winter of irrational public health controls.
The only way to free ourselves from this web of deceit is through mass non-compliance. Our individual occupations, ages and belief systems, and how they do or do not interact with the pandemic narrative, unfortunately appear to count for very little during what is essentially a piecemeal outlawing of natural immunity.