Boris Johnson last week confirmed several pilot schemes will take place in venues across the UK to test whether vaccine passports could facilitate the reopening of theatres, stadiums and cinemas. The announcement sparked speculation about the Government devising a vaccine passport to allow people who already received the jab or are immune to access these services once the economy reopens. But seething Ron from Somerset thrashed the idea as he brutally hit out at Mr Johnson.
Calling into the Jeremy Vine show on Thursday, Ron said: “Johnson calls himself a libertarian but in reality, he is nothing more than an autocratic, authoritarian, tyrannical, tin-pot dictator.
“He’s taking this country into a subdivision of North Korea. A month ago he said he would not be introducing them. Where does all this end?”
He added: “He’s performed more U-turns than a performing sea lion and with far less elegance. It’s ID card by the back door.
“When David Blunkett went to introduce them back in the 90s, Johnson said then he would eat them.”
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Members of Mr Johnson’s own party have voiced their opposition to the introduction of a new jab passport.
Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith branded the documentation as “an extension of authority that isn’t necessary.”
He added: “We need to wake everybody up and guard against over-excessive government.”
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis warned about the potential discrimination vaccine passports could create among the population.
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Mr Johnson’s official spokesman this week did not rule out clothes shops being required to ask customers to show electronic proof that they either already received their jab or acquired immunity by contracting Covid within the past six months.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was asked if he is confident there will be enough supplies of alternative vaccines to give people under the age of 30.
He replied: “It is for the Government to make sure those supplies are there and that requires urgent attention because, beyond everything, we need this vaccine programme to roll out just as quickly as possible across all of the age ranges.
“There’s lots of talk about vaccine passports and certificates of testing, but actually what matters most is the vaccine programme being rolled out for all ages as quickly as possible. But I would say if you’re offered the vaccine, go forward and have the vaccine.
“It’s safe to do it and the benefits far outweigh the risks here. It’s very important to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.”