Anatomy of the covid passports story: for a year every public health person explains why vaccine passports are a bad idea, because it will lead to exclusion and blame of minorities and those who won't or can't get vaccinated...
Late last year Tony Blair backs covid passports through his 'Institute for Global Changs'. This isn't a surprise, since Blair works closely with Israeli government, who spend their time looking precisely for policies in which bio-security measures can be imposed precisely in
order to blame an oppressed minority for any wrong (be it a disease or otherwise), while increasing a system of technological surveillance in which large chunks of the population have to go through checkpoints and have guns trained on them every day. Blair talks to the government
and various high end media people. Media plug away at the idea, telling the population it is a "way out." Still no public health people openly support it. Bits of the government start to float the idea, often in press columns or interviews. Polling organisations are hired and ask
leading questions in which they tell people that covid passports will get us back to normal sooner. Still no public health people back the idea. Media goes in to a full on frenzy - they sense a polarising issue, which will increase sales. Now every other article is about
covid passports. Meanwhile the government starts releasing measures, heralding a third wave in which they project 30,000 people will die. But that's fine for them because everyone is talking about covid passports instead. Still no public health people back the idea. I mean ok,
I'm sure you could find a couple of scientists or doctors or public health people who support covid passports but they are real exceptions. Instead, once again, we have public health measures decided by the media, the government, and pressure groups. This isn't science. It is
precisely the sort of crap that led to Britain having one of the worst covid responses in the world.

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