What does New York Mayor Bill De Blasio have in common with most right-of-centre commentators on, say, Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News Australia. To be fair, most everything is probably not the correct answer. However, what they do have in common is an appetite to relegate our inalienable or God-given rights to the category of privileges dispensed at their whim by our political masters and their apparatchiks. Refuse the vax and there go your rights into the dustbin. Apartheid revisited. Though at least blacks were allowed into designated sections in theatres, restaurants, sporting arenas and trains and buses in the southern states in the Jim Crow era.
This time around, no theatre, restaurant or sportsground or pub or gym for you, if you don’t toe the line. Or, I wonder, church or train or bus? Supermarkets, obviously not (I think) but will they make you wear a sign. A mask to symbolise uncleanliness. Exactly how far will they go if you don’t submit to the medical experiment. And at what point in the persecution of fellow citizens will our ‘conservative champions’ feel uncomfortable occupying the dark side. Or will it become too alluring. Hard to resist pleasing the crowd. Face of conservatism 2021