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FF senator wants to “reward” the vaccinated with basic freedoms

Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne has said that the vaccinated should be “rewarded” with privileges like being able to get a pint, while the unjabbed – who he dubbed “selfish” and irresponsible – should be denied these pleasures.

The comments were made in the Seanad yesterday, and show just how vicious and discriminatory our leaders are becoming toward a section of the population simply for making their own health decisions.

“A lot of government policy had been based, correctly, around our vaccination program,” said Byrne.

“We have had a very successful vaccination program. And I think what we need to do, as a government, is we need to start to stand up for those who have been trying to do the right thing. We need to ensure that we put the interests of people who are vaccinated first, and the interests of our health service.”

Now make no mistake about it – what Byrne is proposing here is the textbook definition of discrimination and second-class citizen status.

Here we have a lawmaker from one of the ruling parties openly telling us that a law-abiding group of Irish citizens should have their interests put at the back of the queue by the State simply because of a personal decision they have made about their own health.

And here I was thinking that the job of the government was to stand up for all citizens, regardless of which medical procedures they have or have not received.

Unvaccinated people, like the vaccinated, pay their taxes, from which Byrne draws his substantial salary as a government senator. Statistically speaking, there are likely many unvaccinated voters who gave Fianna Fáil their first preference at the last election.

And yet, Malcom Byrne’s reward to this section of the electorate is to turn around and tell them they should effectively be at the bottom tier of a new medical caste system.

Byrne went on, saying that unvaccinated people are engaging in risky behaviour by failing to receive the jab:

“It’s very clear that if you are unvaccinated you are six times more likely to end up in ICU than if you are vaccinated. And I do think that we need to reward and recognise those people who are doing the right thing.”

While unvaccinated people certainly appear more statistically likely to end up in ICU, your individual risk from the virus is entirely dependent on who you are. A healthy 21-year-old is highly unlikely to be hospitalised by Covid-19, whether they’re vaccinated or not.

It’s utterly bizarre that everyone in Official Ireland, all at once, has decided to suddenly forget that Covid-19 is generally a mild disease in most people, and is only likely to seriously affect very specific demographics, such as the old, sick and morbidly overweight.

In fact, speaking of the morbidly obese, one has to ask: will Fianna Fáil be penalising overweight people going forward under Malcom Byrne’s new health regime (emphasis on regime)?

After all, Ireland has the second highest obesity rate in the EU, and obesity is known to cause more hospitalisations and health complications than almost any other common health risk in society.

As reported in the Irish Medical Times, “Obesity is no longer a personal tragedy – it is a challenge that threatens our society and our economy.”

Obese people are even far more likely to die or be seriously injured by Covid. And being overweight, like being unvaccinated, is due to choices made by an individual. So do overweight people deserve to be made second class citizens behind those who are healthy?

The same goes for alcoholics, or drug users. Even STIs – if you end up in hospital because you decided to have promiscuous sex and caught a disease off some randomer during a one night stand, do you deserve to be thrown under the bus by society and made into an untouchable leper?

Well what do you think Malcolm would say? Of course he’d say all of that was unacceptable and totally over-the-top. Yet he has no problem singling out the minority of Irish citizens who choose to decline the jab of their own free will, and is happy to make them targets of state-enforced discrimination.

He continues:

“I don’t believe that it’s right that we should be closing late night facilities provided that the publicans and the venues are enforcing the Covid certs on the door. I don’t think it’s correct. We need to reward and recognise those people who are doing the right thing.

“I know there are some people who are not able to receive the vaccine. We have to recognise and protect them. But to those who are unvaccinated, who are being so selfish, I think the message from government needs to be “We’re going to stand up for those who are being responsible.”

The absolute arrogance of an elected official to offer the public “rewards,” such as the privilege of being able to have a pint with your mates. He and his party act as if fundamental freedoms are a bargaining chip that politicians have the right to give or take at will.

And this is to say nothing of the absolute cheek of him to insult the public over health decisions they’ve made, calling people “selfish” and irresponsible for making their own choices.

It’s not as if he doesn’t know that vaccinated people can still spread the virus effectively – official sources have been saying it until they’re blue in the face. As CMO Tony Holohan said last week:

“The virus moves when we are in close contact with a Covid positive person…It could be someone with no symptoms who is fully vaccinated.”

So the idea that nightclubs and pubs will be safe as long as vaccine certs are enforced is totally, utterly and completely unfounded. There is precisely zero evidence, reason or scientific data to back up this notion.

And yet politicians like Malcolm Byrne are happy to deny people the simple pleasures of life, on the back of what can only be described as a crock of nonsense.

In short, politicians have decided that a law-abiding section of the citizen population are the enemy. They have been deemed worthy of demonisation, scapegoated for all the country’s woes – all totally without just cause. It seems no amount of reason or logic will dissuade our elected officials from singling this demographic out, and that should seriously worry all of us.

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