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Off the back of a lorry: Big Brother Watch re-plays ministers' 'vaccine passport' quotes

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Off the back of a lorry: Big Brother Watch re-plays ministers' 'vaccine passport' quotes by Tree Elven on 09/09/2021
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As the debate around freedom of speech, movement, and personal choice hots up worldwide, Britain's Big Brother Watch (BBW) took a digital billboard campaign to College Green, a public park close to Parliament: the trailer-mounted screen reminded ministers of their previous comments refuting the notion of introducing so-called 'vaccine passports', or Covid passes. UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid was filmed being whisked away into a car as the billboard played behind him on College Green. The billboard plays a clip from a February BBC interview in which Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi claims: “We are not looking at a vaccine passport for the domestic economy. That’s not how we do things in the UK. We do them by consent. And it would be discriminatory.” The day after the College Green billboard campaign, Zahawi said the pass scheme - which refuses admittance to certain venues to members of the public unless they can show they have received two Covid jabs - "goes against everything I believe in" as he announced it would come into effect. His announcement was reportedly met with fury by some Conservative MPs, who dubbed the scheme "discriminatory" and a "load of rubbish". Earlier in the week, Big Brother Watch had projected giant protest campaign slogans such as 'No Covid Passes' onto the Parliament building itself. BBW says that "82 MPs have signed Big Brother Watch’s pledge opposing “the divisive and discriminatory use of Covid status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs, including 44 Conservative MPs." The BBW lorry billboard blasted Covid passes as “divisive, discriminatory and wrong”, and provided information on how people can take action against the move. What do you think of this kind of 'guerrilla' campaign? Disruptive and OTT? Sadly necessary given the current developments? Good old healthy debate vital to any functioning democracy?

Keywords: Big Brother Watch, Parliament protest against covid passes, UK ministers lies, anti-Covid passes, UK social activism, No Covid passports, Covid passport activism, democracy in Britain

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