Once again the UK Government, currently controlled by the Conservative Party, has reneged on its decisions. After being told by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment that we wouldn't have vaccine passports, we are now being told that there won't just be a vaccine passport for international travel, but even a domestic passport for certain venues.
Take a gander at this from my Lunchtime Briefing email from the Spectator:
In a twisted sense of irony, this vaccine passport app is being nicknamed the "Freedom App", because freedom needs tracking with an app, apparently.
This decision of having vaccine passports may not go down so well, and the government may have a discrimination problem on its hands. Why? Because data shows that compared with 80% of white Brits taking the vaccine, only 50% of Black Brits are taking the jab, meaning that Jamaican Brits won't be able to internationally travel, say to Jamaica to visit family, unless they have the vaccine. But, since they aren't as likely as white people to have the vaccine, it means they will be denied the (not-any-longer-a) right to travel.
This opens a can of worms. The Vaccines Minister has already acknowledged that vaccine passports would be discriminatory, and since BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) people are less likely to take the Covid jab than white people, it's going to look an awful lot like racism against non-white people. I'm (not really) surprised that BLM haven't kicked up a fuss about this. I mean, aren't these discriminatory vaccine passports evidence of white supremacy and institutional racism?!
There's only three solutions to this problem:
1. Scrap the passports altogether.
2. Give BAME people an exemption, which will look like racist discrimination against white people.
3. Force BAME people to have the vaccine, which will look like racist discrimination against BAME people.