“Divisive and discriminatory” is the charge levelled against Covid-free or vaccination requirements (Labour opposed to ‘discriminatory’ and ‘confusing’ Covid status certificates, 6 April). Those without the “passports” would be banned from sports events, concerts and nightclubs. They may find that they are not allowed to dine out in various restaurants; they may be stopped from entering certain non-essential shops – and who knows what else?
Those are fair considerations against passporting, but I wonder why lovers of liberty fail to note that millions of people are already discriminated against; they are barred from restaurants, concerts, certain shops and so on, for they lack the relevant passport – money. Despite all the railing against numerous forms of discrimination, one of the most significant forms is quietly accepted, even welcomed: one where the “haves” discriminate against the “have-nots”.
Many of those who are now protesting that “vaccine passports” would infringe our liberties are the selfsame people who, earlier in the pandemic, proposed that older and more vulnerable people should be protected and should preferably stay at home.
As a 76-year-old who, like many of my generation, has spent much of the past year in some considerable anxiety as to the dangers of Covid for older people, the idea of some freedom to eat out or go to a concert/theatre where there is some monitoring as to whether those I might be in close company with have been vaccinated or tested is very liberating, and quite the opposite of any infringement on my freedom.
West Mersea, Essex
As an enthusiastic target shooter, I own three rifles, all of which are capable of inflicting serious injury or causing death. Quite rightly, just to possess these rifles I must undergo an evaluation for a firearms certificate, which itself imposes stringent conditions as to where and how these firearms can be used. Conversely, those who oppose Covid certificates argue that it is my human right to wander around without certification, possibly carrying a virus that can equally cause serious injury or death. Can someone explain their logic to me please?
Prof Michael V Williams
The potential introduction of Covid-19 vaccination passports raises numerous questions. However, regardless of the outcome, would it be right to assume that the libertarian Conservative MPs opposing such passports on the grounds of protecting civil liberties are the selfsame MPs supporting the new policing bill and the introduction of photo IDs to enable voting at future elections?
I’m happy to carry a “Covid passport” if it gets me into venues and events and away on holiday. If it also means that I won’t have to rub shoulders with the likes of Jeremy Corbyn, Mark Harper or Iain Duncan Smith then that’s a bonus.