fon wrote: ↑Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:21 pm
I just want to add the following. A fundamental feature of the vaccination programme is the ability to discriminate who has been vaccinated from those have not been vaccinated.
That's fair comment. I don't doubt that the government will endeavour to track who has and has not been vaccinated, even if it can't get away with introducing domestic vaccination passports. Big Brother always finds a way.
The reason I keep banging on about the spectre of Covid passports is that it's utterly totalitarian. It is the only fitting description.
The thought of having to comply with officious demands to see meine Papiere
whenever I leave the house to go anywhere or do anything offends my moral sense. I'm not the only one feeling that way.
In spite of my paranoia, I suspect the pro-passport lobby are facing a considerable uphill battle.
First, There will be millions of people who won't or cannot get the vaccination. Many will be BAME, pregnant, or disabled. It's an anti-discrimination lawyer's wet dream. Lawsuits will avalanche down on the legal system. Businesses guilty of discriminating against the unvaccinated will toxify their public image.
Second, most young people (say under 30) will not receive a vaccination invitation until the second half of the year at the earliest. And if a restaurant can't admit unvaccinated people as patrons, it can't very well allow them to work in the same environment as vaccinated patrons.
Which means millions of young people would end up barred from accessing, and working for, passport-dependent services. Effectively shut out of society until further notice.
Even the cruelty of the government's scientific advisors has its limits. One would hope.