The same people that spent years trying to stop Brexit are now almost the only ones in Parliament willing to stand up against authoritarian vaccine certificates. More of politics should be on an issue-by-issue basis, so it’s a welcome change to agree with Ed Davey and the Lib-Dems deserve credit for their principled stand. It could be me that is out of kilter but with Michael Gove leading the Government review alarm bells should be ringing and ringing loud.
The man is simply not to be trusted, as Boris will attest, yet he is the one pushing for this scheme to be introduced, solidly backed up by Tony Blair.
They make a cartoonish pair of villains, neither of whom should have any influence over public life.
How will it work? One report was that venues filled with vaccinated people could return to complete normality while those without would be forced to comply with every nonsensical COVID restriction.
Dividing our society based on their health status is a reprehensible idea which will be recognised as such in the years to come.
ONS reports show that the vast majority of those vulnerable to the disease have now developed antibodies, suggesting that there is now significant population immunity – I know, in the words of our dear leader I too am ‘bursting with antibodies’.
If someone chooses not to take the vaccine, that is entirely their choice and should not be coerced into doing so.
We supposedly live in a free country, the fact we are even discussing this sends chills down my spine.
The problem is the plans look set in stone. An awkward alliance between Liberal Democrats and the few remaining genuine ‘freedom-loving’ Tory MPs won’t be able to stop it. Boris was elected in December 2019 on the promise of reclaiming our freedoms from Brussels, that did not give him the mandate to permanently change how our society works. The State has more power now than at anytime since the Second World War and it’s hungry for more.
That 80 seat majority that Brexiteers gifted Boris is being used to ram ever more authoritarian diktats down our throat in the name of “protecting us”.
Where is the so-called libertarian Boris? The man with famously flexible principles has abandoned the core political philosophy that powered his rise – personal responsibility.
If he wants us all to carry our vaccine papers every time we leave the house, the least he can do is front up and tell us himself.
We’re told these measures would be ‘temporary’. I’m old enough to remember being told we would lockdown for “three weeks to flatten the curve” in March last year. In fact it was late last year when the vaccine minister was emphatically denying any plans for vaccine passports. The sands shift quickly in politics, especially when there is no effective opposition.
If Sir Keir Starmer provided any genuine criticism to anything in the last year he would be storming ahead in the polls.
The Labour Party is a flaccid excuse for an opposition and Starmer should be ashamed of how he has let the Tories off the hook at every turn.
Will he redeem himself at the final hurdle and come out swinging against dividing our society and creating a new underclass? I doubt it.
Democracy is something that is earned and there has never been a more important time to work hard to preserve it.
It desperately needs the care of all members of our society as power is now far too centralised in the hands of Tory ministers.
When we finally locked down in March last year people consented to it based on the fact we were fighting an unknown virus with no defences. We now know who COVID kills, we’ve protected them with the vaccine but the authorities still want to fundamentally change our lives forever. No MP who votes for these measures can ever claim to believe in liberty or freedom again.
Our society is facing an existential crisis and all we have defending it are Steve Baker’s rebels, a handful of Lib Dem MPs and the hope that Michael Gove will develop a conscience – we’ve got a big fight ahead of us.