An Axis of Infectious Tyranny
Are We Immune?
If the intention – all along – was to create civil unrest and bring down the West, one could scarcely have gone about it a better way.
The latest ruse in the manufactured “War on Virus” has been to ratchet up the pressure and stir divisions within communities. Eerily echoing 20th century events that perhaps we hoped would never be repeated, Austria, Czechia, Slovenia and now even Germany have followed Australia’s lead, announcing the spiteful – and totally irrational – hounding of the unvaccinated minority. Of course, the ranks of these Untermenschen will swell: the definition of ‘vaccinated’ is in in the process of being redefined such that being ‘double jabbed’ will no longer be enough. For ‘freedom’, read ‘out on temporary licence’ until the next vaccine booster is mandated.
Needless to say, these restrictions have not made a scrap of difference and Europe is in meltdown.
These developments follow, of course, hot on the heels of ‘no jab, no job’ policies that have been enacted across the world – a sickening development, not only for those former heroes from the front line, now unceremoniously tossed aside – but also a life-or-death matter for those that rely on their carers.
This introduction of medical apartheid is an egregious development – as I have noted previously, such segregation has no logical basis. Vaccinated people can shed as much virus as unvaccinated, and it is not risk-free to meddle with the immune systems of those that have already been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and who have achieved a degree of natural immunity. Blaming the unvaccinated for a seasonal rise in cases is quite frankly ridiculous, about as credible as 1940s propaganda blaming Jews for being lice-infested typhoid carriers. Punishing the unvaccinated by declaring them second class citizens makes one wonder whether democracy – clearly slumbering – has actually died of its wounds.
Despite this pessimistic view, it does seem that the authoritarian edifice is not impregnable. One of Austrian’s most successful Olympians, Felix Gottwald, has publicly resigned as chairman of a prestigious national sports committee in protest, noting that “division, agitation, discrimination – these are the government imperatives of the hour” and that the restrictions are “not about the Health and Wellbeing of Austrians”. Many people agree with his stance – various unions, including those representing police and military personnel – have denounced the segregation and encouraged participation in protests. There are similar developments in the USA, where union pushback and Fifth Circuit court action has resulted in the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration temporarily suspending its implementation of a federal vaccine mandate. And recent airline turbulence was caused – not by adverse weather conditions as claimed by the airline bosses (and faithfully reported in the media) – but by co-ordinated strike action by pilots. And even the autocrats in Scotland have bowed to public backlash and – at least temporarily – backtracked on their vaccine passport rollout.
Power to the people. It seems there is a significant minority that are not willing to be bossed around by dictators that are attempting to rule with an iron fist.
Rather than double down on these draconian society-splitting restrictions, perhaps the authorities across continental Europe – and closer to home – should be wondering why vaccine passports, universal mask mandates and relatively high vaccination rates have not had the desired effect, or potentially exacerbated the situation. Gibraltar, one of the most highly vaccinated and boosted territories in the world, is not exactly showing itself to be an exemplary petri dish. Perhaps the cure is worse than the disease? The vaccines were designed for the most at risk & vulnerable – not for universal use, which can encourages vaccine escape. How many times does one need to point at Sweden in an attempt to signpost a better way? Who could have thought that a constructive, non-judgemental & co-operative approach – based on mutual respect and trust – might be so successful?
Someone should mention this to the UK’s Health Minister – his arrogant, flippant and hubristic response to a member of the public recently has resulted in an extraordinary response from the masses: “so what? How about you show some respect to the NHS” he scolds a member of the public asking a perfectly legitimate question. The 7,000+ responses tell their own story: one suspects the revolting masses are not going to put up with being told to eat cake for much longer.
Let us hope that sane heads will prevail, and that the leadership will realise that there is merit in recognising that it is time to put Covid behind us. Vaccine passports and mandatory vaccination are not the answer to any legitimate question that should ever be asked in a Western democracy. If we want to avoid setting a catastrophic precedent for future tyranny – social credit scoring, anyone? – let’s park them for good.
Fab piece. Thanks Alex 😊
Using rhetoric about "protecting democracy" and comparing people you don't like to Nazis seems odd given that your twitter feed simultaneously praises protests where the speakers literally threaten to execute their enemies.