Imagine if the Taliban was targeting the NHS for destruction.
Picture someone determined to live in the 14th century and drag you, your family, and your democracy back there too. What wonders that’ll do for infectious disease, maternal mortality rates, and your right to vote.
It’s what you’d expect from the Taliban, isn’t it? And it is reasonable to say promoting those ideas, forcing them on others, or joining such a group of fatally-thick knuckledraggers is so likely to kill people that it should be a crime.
Only this isn’t the Taliban. It’s your mate on Facebook, or Nicki Minaj. Or Piers Corbyn, whose unrestrained Messiah Complex is all the proof we need that Britain’s mental health services are seriously under-resourced.
Over the past year, these people have somehow convinced 5 million reasonably-educated British adults, including 40,000 whose actual job it is to care for the vulnerable, not to protect each other from a super-infectious strain of a deadly new disease.
They have promoted the collapse of the NHS more effectively than the most-rabid, table-chewing backbench Tory. If ISIS was using Facebook to spread lies that killed people as surely as that, they’d not only massively increase their body count but Zuckerberg would have been forced to boot them off.
They have called for a US Capitol-style insurrection, and the brother of the ex-Labour leader has suggested they need to “take down the vaccination centres, take down the town halls”. If the IRA was marching around London shouting that through a megaphone, there’d be troops back in the Bogside by teatime.