Vaccine dodgers are missing the point

I have to admit I’m not overly concerned about people who are saying they won’t be forced into having the COVID-19 vaccination.

Whether it’s because they think there hasn’t been enough testing done and they’re scared of future generations being born with three eyes and crab claws, they’re scared of their genitals dropping off or they just don’t like being told what to do, it’s entirely down to individual choice.

Of course, anyone refusing to be vaccinated should pay out of their own pockets for the extra strain they will be putting onto the NHS – although it’s probably unlikely to be for long – when they catch the coronavirus.

If it wasn’t such a nightmare to enforce I would even be in favour of them not being allowed in pubs, venues, shops or any public spaces, but if they’re only going to be infecting each other it’s hardly worth the effort.

I’m all for freedom of choice, but when that involves choosing to abrogate your responsibility to act for the greater good it should not be without consequences.

I’ve seen my eldest boy once in the flesh since March, and then I couldn’t hug him because he says I’m in a high risk group. I haven’t seen two of my grandchildren since this time last year apart from on Skype.

My children and my grandkids are my fuel. They are what keeps me going and the only sure-fire way of keeping me out of the abyss that has threatened to swallow me with such regularity throughout my adult life that is has long become my normal.

I will gladly have the vaccine when it is offered to me (which may even be before the end of the year) and as long as my loved ones are safe I’m certainly not going to lose sleep over any lockdown challenging, mask avoiding COVID conspiracy theorist who thinks they’re making a stand against some sort of dystopian plot to control humanity.

I don’t wish ill on anyone, but some people are just too selfish or stupid to see the big picture and after this year I’m all out of tolerance. I would love to be able to take the moral high ground, but they show no consideration so why should I have any for them?.

If they can’t see the error of their ways, that’s their business, but whatever befalls them, they are bringing it upon themselves.

Bringing shame on the game

Small numbers of fans were finally allowed back into football grounds across Britain on Saturday and I suppose it was inevitable that something would have to ruin what should have been cause for celebration.

A section of Millwall fans booed as players took the knee before the kick off against Derby County at The Den.

One has to wonder how these people came to be allocated tickets in the first place and whether they will now face action to prevent them from ever setting foot in the ground again.

Clubs have the power to ban fans who display racist behaviour and there needs to be a zero tolerance policy across the board to make it crystal clear that there is no place in football, or indeed in society as a whole, for sickening behaviour like that.

Hook, line and sinker

It’s ironic that negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU are hanging on a disastrous decision made 47 years ago over dinner by Ted Heath.

Giving over a huge portion of our fishing rights so easily was a ridiculous move, but one of the main points behind leaving the European Union was the promise of reclaiming our waters.

Our fishermen have spent a lifetime dealing with betrayal. I hope they are not about to be betrayed again.

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Best quotes I’ve seen this week by far:

“Chelsea can’t sign me. I have more trophies than Chelsea. I should sign them.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovich

And finally, that am I on drugs moment from a Facebook video which could be old, but I only saw it this week… “It’s such an honour and privilege to be a part of Fireman Sam.” – Denise van Outen.

I’ll take either of those over anything Tipping Point has to offer.

Edward Case

Columnist