Let us be blunt and upfront. The idea of implementing vaccine passports in Australia would surely be anathema to most Australians.
A vaccine passport creates a two-tiered society – a vaccinated group with access to services and benefits which provide one group with a normal life, enjoying basic freedoms; another group, arbitrarily punished.
Australians exercising their fundamental choice not to have the jab should not become second-class citizens at the behest of government.
As a young person, I must have missed something. As I write, we are five days after Anzac Day. I was taught that our brave soldiers gave their lives so that we could be free.
Are we now being told that governments that mouth, “we will remember them”, are about to deny us the very freedom for which Australians sacrificed their lives and tie us up in vaccine chains?
What should concern us is the sudden embrace of vaccine passports in the United Kingdom, despite the UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, declaring in January that they are “not a papers-carrying country”.
But bang the drums of alarmism for long enough and what do you hear?
You hear Grant Shapps, the UK Transport Secretary, saying this week on Sky News UK:
In terms of vaccine certification, I can confirm… it will be the NHS app that is used for people when they book appointments with the NHS and so on, to be able to show you’ve had a vaccine or you’ve had testing. I’m working internationally with partners across the world to make sure that the system can be internationally recognised… Actually, I’m chairing a meeting of the G7 secretaries of state for transport, my equivalents from America and Canada and all the G7 countries next week on exactly this subject.”
Shapps said the British government would release a list of “green-list countries” to which vaccinated citizens could travel.
This is standing democracy on its head. Politicians, in a democracy, are servants of the people. There is no mandate for these dictates and, I suspect, there never will be.
Mr Schapps, Kim Jong-Un would be proud of you.
Is Boris Johnson allowing unelected health bureaucrats to run the show, as they do here, because his previous instincts were to oppose this totalitarian nonsense.
The UK Prime Minister has always been vehemently opposed to any form of card carrying by citizens.
On the possible introduction of ID cards, Boris Johnson wrote in the UK’s Daily Telegraph in 2004:
There is the loss of liberty, and the creepy reality that the state will use these cards — doubtless with the best possible intentions — to store all manner of detail about us, our habits, what benefits we may claim, and so on.
2005 he said:
It is perfectly obvious that the government intends these ID cards to one day be made compulsory. I want to make it clear that I will in no circumstances carry one and even were I compelled to do so, I would take it out and destroy it on the spot were I ever asked to produce it.
Which is the real Boris Johnson?
In America, vaccine passports are being rolled out by some corporations and forbidden by others. The cruise company, P&O, has stipulated that no one can board its ships this summer without proof of vaccination.
In Israel, the same vaccine passport, dubbed a “green pass”, must be shown if you wish to access facilities like hotels, gyms or theatres.
The first-class vaccinated citizens of Israel will be able to use their “green pass” to travel to Greece or Cypress.
In none of this are we told what rights and freedoms are available to a non-vaccinated person; there are many people, worldwide, who will not be vaccinated for medical reasons, age reasons, religious reasons and for the apparently disprized exercise of freedom of choice.
Are we now being asked to trust big corporations with more private data when it is a given that such corporations rarely act ethically, driven by money and self-interest?
Medical apartheid is upon us.
Of course, some politicians sell the idea that it will only be a temporary measure. Seldom do elites surrender power that they have seized.
Coronavirus has already taken an unacceptable toll on our freedoms to the point where we are entitled to wonder whether “normal” will ever return. And now, the prospect of vaccine passports and the surrender of more power, over us, to government – a power which would foster discrimination, invade privacy, limit our participation in leisure activities, deny entry to workplaces and ban travelling by air.
Let us say this for what it is, a coup d’état against our rights and freedoms.
Jake Thrupp is Senior Producer for Alan Jones on Sky News Australia.
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