I've decided that I am pro #COVID19 passports. And here's why. I'm unconvinced by the 'it's illiberal' argument. I think in times of crisis, public health has priority. I have a right, being of a certain age - to be protected, and I wish to protect you.
The u-turns and fiddling while Rome burns attitude of the Govt sees the public at greater risk than necessary. Equate this to the gun lobby argument in the US. Those pro state they have a right to bear arms, and the anti argument is citizens have a right to be protected from
those who wish to. Without being trite and simplistic, it's possible to swap guns for this awful disease, and to create a relevant analogy. We have vaccination passports. I have one. We have driving licences, insurance documents, and many other items to indicate that 'we' are
safer, because we comply with sensible legislations. I offer this argument too. The loss of liberty, I say, is temporary, and of less importance than keeping those vulnerable from a disease infecting 50,000 per day safe. I never prefer to disagree with party policy and with
colleagues, but on this matter, I'm content with my safety first argument. I have looked at policy from Spring 21, and much of it has been superseded by the vaccine rollout programme.

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