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DAN WOOTTON: Canada shows how the end of Covid is going to bring a long-overdue reckoning

Two years on since the pure evil that is Covid-19 arrived, leaked most probably from a Chinese lab, in the UK at least there feels reason to hope that divisive corona politics are starting to fizzle out.

It’s possible to leave the house without a mask; the pubs are packed; even friends and relatives who were terrified just a few months ago are, quite frankly, over the scaremongering broadcast media, modellers and scientific advisers still trying to control our lives.

But, most fundamentally, in England at least, society is not divided into two tiers.

Boris Johnson‘s short-lived and unworkable experiment with ghastly vaccine mandates for care home workers and NHS staff has been wisely ditched.

While there are still clear divisions between a hard-core of lockdown/mask fanatics and sane folk who are desperate for the old normal, there is a chance for Brits to emerge from the dark days of this pandemic as one.

That’s not an opportunity being given to the citizens of America, Canada, New Zealand and France – so-called liberal democracies buckling under the hatefulness of vaccine division advanced by their leaders.

Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Jacinda Ardern in particular have been exposed as the real Covid extremists, tearing their societies apart with divisive mandates and draconian restrictions no longer backed up by scientific evidence.

It’s hard to believe the need to say it in 2022, but any leader who truly believes segregation is a way to advance society needs their head read.

That’s why the inspirational Freedom Convoys that first won many millions of hearts in Canada are now spreading across the globe, despite the best efforts of Biden and Trudeau to demonise them as ‘swastika-waving’ far-right extremists.

At the forefront of this hypocrisy are Canada’s Trudeau (pictured) and New Zealand’s Ardern, Prime Ministers whose ‘Be Kind’ mantras are being exposed as meaningless drivel

Protesters and supporters  blockading Ambassador Bridge on February 10

Protesters and supporters  blockading Ambassador Bridge on February 10 

We’re not buying the bulls*** from these international leaders who try to convince us it is these folk – many of whom have lost their jobs because they believe in bodily autonomy – who are the ones trying to divide us.

While swathes of the mainstream media, taking cues from their revered prime ministers and presidents, may try and dismiss the various Freedom Convoys as the domain of racist and violent conspiracy theorists, that’s not what we’re seeing with our own eyes on the various live streams provided by the honest folk on the ground.

At the forefront of this hypocrisy are Canada’s Trudeau and New Zealand’s Ardern, Prime Ministers whose ‘Be Kind’ mantras are being exposed as meaningless drivel.

It’s this pair of lefties who are the nasty ones, doing all they can to drive a wedge through their once harmonious and quiet societies, where most people don’t like making a fuss.

The rhetoric from both has been downright nasty – and it’s worth taking a closer look at how their own words have fuelled unnecessary discord.

Trudeau, who fled Ottawa and claimed he had Covid rather than enter any form of dialogue with the Convoy, was first out the gates.

In an extraordinary intervention that helped encourage the formation of the Freedom Convoy, he made sweeping statements about Canadians who had chosen, for whatever reason, not to be vaccinated.

In an incendiary TV interview, Trudeau said: ‘They don’t believe in science/progress and are very often misogynistic and racist. It’s a very small group of people, but that doesn’t shy away from the fact that they take up some space.’

That’s right, Mr Blackface himself, a Prime Minister who seemed to spend his entire adolescence smearing dark paint over his smug mug, had the cheek to brand those who turned down a jab as being discriminatory.

But he wasn’t done there. Trudeau went on: ‘This leads us, as a leader and as a country, to make a choice: Do we tolerate these people? Over 80 per cent of the population of Quebec have done their duty by getting the shot. They are obviously not the issue in this situation.’

Do we ‘tolerate these people’? These people! It’s hard to believe a virus fast becoming endemic with a sky-high survival rate would take us to such a divisive place. Especially given Omicron has made it abundantly obvious that even being triple jabbed doesn’t stop transmission.

So what is this really about? Well, for one, the ‘tolerant’ left simply will not tolerate anyone with views different to their own.

‘When people see that we are in lockdowns or serious public health restrictions right now because of the risk posed to all of us by unvaccinated people, people get angry,’ Trudeau threatened.

Since then, the weak PM – who eventually crept out of hiding – has done all he can to smear the Freedom Convoy, when the vast majority of the protests are peaceful and, at most times, purely joyful.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after announcing the country will move to red traffic light settings during a press conference at the Beehive in Parliament on January 23, 2022 in Wellington, New Zealand

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after announcing the country will move to red traffic light settings during a press conference at the Beehive in Parliament on January 23, 2022 in Wellington, New Zealand

‘People of Ottawa don’t deserve to be harassed in their own neighbourhoods, don’t deserve to be confronted with the inherent violence of a swastika flying on a street corner, or a confederate flag, or the insults and jeers just because they’re wearing a mask. That’s not who Canadians are,’ he raged, disingenuously focussing on reports of bad behaviour by a tiny proportion of the protesters.

When demonising the Convoy for causing disruption to day-to-day life, it’s impossible not to laugh at the barefaced hypocrisy of it all, given Trudeau has been responsible for some of the world’s toughest lockdowns, which rendered it impossible to run many businesses for months on end or live a normal life in Canada.

Ardern, who once assured her Kiwi population that she would never countenance mandates for Covid vaccination, has since become the wicked face of such a policy approach, even if she does it with that incessant toothy grin.

Last October she was asked by a journalist from the New Zealand Herald: ‘You’ve basically said, and you probably don’t see it like this, but two different classes of people if you’re vaccinated or unvaccinated. If you’re vaccinated you have all these rights.’

Ardern replied sinisterly while nodding: ‘That is what it is. Yup, yup.’

She’s been true to her word.

Ardern’s vaccine mandates have seen teachers, midwives, nurses and many others lose their jobs, while seeing 13-year-olds whose parents choose not to jab them banned from school balls and from playing competitive sport.

This week a peaceful Kiwi Freedom Convoy set up shop on the lawn outside the New Zealand Parliament buildings in Wellington, with children in attendance and singing, dancing and the performance of powerful hakas by the Maori contingent in attendance.

Just like in Ottawa, most protestors are clear they are pro-choice when it comes to the vaccine and simply want the removal of mandates, then they will happily leave.

But Ardern has refused a dialogue and instead gone on a Trudeau-style media tour to disingenuously brand the Convoy a far-right mob of anti-vaxxers ‘imported’ from the US.

‘I’ve seen Trump flags on the forecourt, I’ve seen Canadian flags on the forecourt,’ she said.

Ardern added later: ‘I very clearly have a view on the protesters and the way that they’ve conducted their protest, because it has moved beyond sharing a view to intimidation and harassment of the people around central Wellington. That cannot be tolerated.’

Trucks drive down the road towards the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on February 14, 2022

Trucks drive down the road towards the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on February 14, 2022

Both Trudeau and Ardern were staunch supporters of the imported Black Lives Matter movement, which was responsible for far more violent riots, especially across the US.

Of course, Canada and New Zealand should have taken the warning from Europe, where countries as diverse as the Netherlands, France and Austria have become hotbeds of discontent as a result of mandates and mandatory jab policies.

Macron has been the most arrogant in his defence of such division, admitting of the unvaccinated: ‘I really want to p*** them off.’

He added chillingly: ‘We have to tell them you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee. You will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema. We will continue to do this, to the end. This is the strategy.’

Such a strategy comes at a cost: Despite the policy, Covid rates soared far higher than the UK throughout late winter and social cohesion has been smashed.

The long-term consequences of pursuing a strategy of division can only be grim.

Of course, we have already seen that in the US, where Sleepy Joe has presided over lazily draconian policies and the causal denigration of Republican states where freedom has resulted in better health outcomes.

Nevertheless, his grumpy attacks on the unvaccinated have continued ad nauseum for months.

He said last October: ‘My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us, so please, do the right thing.’

The words "Freedom Convoy 2022" are visible on a truck that is part of a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The words ‘Freedom Convoy 2022’ are visible on a truck that is part of a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

And Biden later added: ‘This is not about freedom, or personal choice, it’s about protecting yourself and those around you, people you work with, people you care about the people you love.’

Not surprisingly, the President has missed the fundamental point: People get vaccinated to protect themselves.

You only have to look to Israel, one of the world’s most vaccinated countries, to see that transmission remains rife, even among the quadruple vaccinated.

What none of these leaders has been prepared to do is address genuine concerns that many of the protestors have about the vaccination, especially in regards to heart conditions like myocarditis in children, whose chances of becoming seriously ill from Covid is minuscule.

It’s also a complete misnomer to dismiss the protestors as anti-vaxx rather than anti-mandate. I am personally vaccinated; I made the choice after carefully weighing up my own health profile with the risks and thinking of how difficult my life would become if I made another choice, given I need to travel.

But further boosters no longer make sense for me, especially given I have had Covid twice (the Wuhan strain in March 2020 and Omicron in December 2021). In fact, much of the science suggests further jabs could do more harm than good. Hence, I have been and remain anti-mandates.

It’s always intrigued me that the leaders prepared to throw out the principle of bodily autonomy are always on the pro-choice side of the abortion debate. How do they marry up those positions?

Surely, the only way to emerge from this pandemic with any respect for each other is to understand and learn from each other’s choices when it comes to what medical procedures we undergo and what we put into our own bodies.

As the UK government proves, it’s never too late to stare down the crazed health officials and mandate fanatics and say: ENOUGH!

Boris did just that before Christmas, ignoring fanciful suggestions from his discredited scientists of 6,000 deaths a day; making that bold call is probably the only reason he has survived the Partygate scandal thus far.

Trudeau, Ardern, Biden and Macron have done very little other than employ the politics of fear since the start of the pandemic – and now they’re going to have to deal with the consequences.

That includes the presence of Freedom Convoys for many weeks and possibly even months – because their participants have been unfairly cast out of society.

I’d be stunned if voters decide to stick with these hate-filled leaders when they realise the devastation of the societal division they have wrought.

The world will be better off when they’re out of power.


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