EXPERIMENTAL shots may give me clots but names will never hurt me – which, given that the Great Unvaccinated are on the receiving end of increasingly barbed stings, is just as well. It is now open season on those who refuse to be blackmailed, bribed, bullied or shamed into rolling up their sleeves. ‘Selfish’ and ‘stupid’ are the jibes du jour but these are mere gateway insults, dipping a toe in the waters of acceptable pejoratives which will, ultimately, lead to the dehumanising of the non-vaccinated and the sinister consequences which will ensue.
The Daily Mail has shamefully led the charge along this road with vicious personal attacks on those who deviate from the vaccine narrative. Tennis legend Pat Cash was in the Mail’s crosshairs following his interview with TCW TV where he questioned the necessity and safety of Covid vaccines. Although his advice on vaccination was ‘make up your own mind based on the facts’ the Mail raged that Cash had launched a ‘dangerous anti-vax rant’. Likewise Cash’s recommended use of ivermectin as an effective and safe treatment against Covid was ridiculed as false and dangerous despite the American Journal of Therapeutics concluding that it decreased ‘morbidity and mortality’.
Invective-laden opinion pieces from Mail columnists have continuously targeted those who fail to have blind faith in the vaccination roll-out. Erstwhile ‘Man of the People’ Richard Littlejohn tried the light-hearted approach, sprinkling ‘unclean’ and ‘no jab, no job’ on to his usual, cynical ‘you couldn’t make it up’ style. Littlejohn’s fellow ‘journalists’ dispensed with any levity. Amanda Platell launched a personal attack on rugby player Henry Slade for the heinous offence of making an informed choice concerning the vaccine. Slade’s reason was eminently sensible – not enough testing had been carried out to be certain that it is safe. A recent article on vaccine side-effects on this website shows Slade is right to be cautious. Platell, however, called the risks ‘vanishingly small’ and condemned Slade’s decision as ‘supreme selfishness’. Sarah Vine was similarly outraged at the vaccine-hesitant, in fact so similarly outraged that she also labelled it ‘supreme selfishness’. ‘Selfish idiots’ was her conclusion and ‘stupid’ – not just stupid but ‘weapons-grade stupid’ and of course ‘selfish’. (Vine’s estranged husband, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, also had a fitting word for refusers – ‘selfish’. It appears the Vine/Gove household have agreed to share custody of the adjectives.) West End impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber described the unvaccinated as, you guessed it, ‘selfish’ but went further, making a spurious comparison with drink-drivers. If more propaganda is needed perhaps Lord Lloyd-Webber can oblige with a new musical called ‘Selfish!’ A fully vaccinated cast perform a medley of songs, the grand finale being a rousing rendition of ‘Covid vaccines are fantastic, refuseniks are atrocious.’