Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, has today joined a group of 70 MPs, organised by Big Brother Watch and Liberty, in pushing back against the idea of a “Covid pass” or vaccine passport – a certification scheme to force people to prove vaccination status in order to access services. Mr Carmichael and the Liberal Democrats have been outspoken opponents of the plans since a review was announced in recent weeks.
Speaking on BBC News this morning about the plans, Mr Carmichael said:
“A ‘Covid pass’ system would be inherently divisive – dividing people up between those who have the right health status and those who do not. The idea that people should need a permission slip to get a pint in a pub is just not right. That is not a healthy look for our society as we look to move beyond the pandemic.
“We have seen too many instances over the last year of the Government asserting the need for emergency powers and then being reluctant to give them up. The Government should not be taking advantage of people’s desperation to get back to a normal life by imposing these schemes. We all want to get past the pandemic but this is an unnecessary and risky path to go down.”