Why we must oppose vaccine passports

9 April 2021 — Manifesto Club

The vaccine passport is the nadir of ‘permission slip’ officialdom. It means that before you can go to the cinema, or a football match, or perhaps even to work, you must first have obtained official clearance. 

The vaccine passport means that participating in civic life is not a right, something every citizen can do without having to prove anything to anybody. There is a barrier of entry; papers must be shown at the entrance of the nightclub. The person who is not regularly vaccinated or tested is marked out as a danger to others, and their permission to participate in civic life is revoked.
Vaccine passports turn us all into second class citizens, and must be opposed.
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Yet the Manifesto Club has received an increasing number of complaints about arbitrary and pointless crackdowns on dog walkers. New restrictions on dog walkers have been introduced under lockdown, dog walkers have found themselves in the dock, and dog wardens have been out in force. Read on…
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Best wishes,

Josie Appleton

director, Manifesto Club

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