I’m not afraid to admit that the most fascinating and practically relevant part of my training at University was the dissection of the human body in anatomy classes. These days I can only attempt to dissect human psychology with a sceptical pen as scalpel. But in Sajid Javid’s resignation speech I have found a reborn but sorry passion.
Early in the speech, Mr. Javid states three times that he is not a quitter. So why now? Is it because he is not, in the grand scheme of things, really quitting but seeking his own personal ascendancy to power?
“Today is about the importance of integrity.” Interesting!
He goes on to say: “We’ve seen in great democracies what happens when divisions are entrenched, not bridged. We cannot allow that to happen here – we must bring the country together as One Nation.”
Is that the democracy that coerces its citizens into unnecessary medical interventions and pits those that have complied with the Government’s orders against those who have exercised their right to bodily autonomy? Mr. Javid’s critics have been vocal this week, reminding us all that as Health Secretary he pushed for vaccine mandates for employees during the winter as well as a Christmas lockdown. Does that really help bring the country together and what sort of democracy is that – is it what you call “great” or, in fact, no democracy at all?
“And Mr. Speaker, I will never risk losing my integrity,” he adds.
“Nothing matters more than the health of our people – especially during and in a pandemic.”
So why then did you and your cabinet colleagues not carry out a proper risk-benefit analysis with regards to lockdowns? Why did you shut off debate and ignore the risk that delayed diagnosis and treatment in the NHS might lead to much higher long-term morbidity and death? Why did you personally push for a new lockdown last winter, despite the ‘irreversible’ reopening earlier in the year following the vaccine rollout that was sold to a weary public as bringing freedom?
“So I would like this opportunity to pay tribute to all of those working in the health and care sector.”
Seriously, Mr. Javid? The health and care sector workers who lost their jobs and have been stigmatised for having the audacity to refuse to be coerced into getting vaccinated under a policy that you championed and implemented? A novel type of vaccine that has no proven health benefit for the majority of the population, does not prevent transmission and for which the pharmaceutical industry has been protected by the Government from the consequences of causing potential harm, including death?
Mr. Javid continues:
I also believe a team is only as good as its team captain and a captain is as good as his or her team… When the first stories of parties in Downing Street emerged late last year I was assured at the most senior level of my then Right Honourable Friend’s team that there had been no parties in Downing Street and no rules were broken. So I gave the benefit of the doubt, and I went on those media rounds to say that I’d had those assurances… After more stories and the Sue Gray Report, at some point we have to conclude that enough is enough.
But I suspect that you gave Boris “the benefit of the doubt” to suit your own self-interests. Until it looked like ‘the captain’ was about to fall, you continued to give him the benefit of the doubt.
“In recent years, trust in our roles has been undermined through a series of scandals.”
But what about the one unfolding in front of us now? The scandal above all scandals borne out of your Government response to Covid, of mass coercion, spin and propaganda, suppression of dissent, and defaming of those just trying to stand up for their right to personal autonomy and to disagree with the Government line?
Mr. Javid closed his speech with something along the lines of “I got into politics to do something, not to be somebody, I’m a good person and family man, and if I can continue to contribute to public life from the back benches it will be a privilege to do so”.
I did wonder whether this was a thinly-veiled leadership pitch, or at least an attempt to test the water but, at the time of writing, he has not yet declared, though it’s being reported he will on Sunday.
In his time in office he ignored all the health experts who teamed up with Dr. Rosamond Jones, the retired consultant paediatrician. They repeatedly sent him letters providing compelling evidence that healthy children did not need to be vaccinated against Covid.
Savid Javid and his colleagues propped up Boris Johnson in spite of his moral shortcomings and, seemingly, decided it was acceptable for the Prime Minister and his team to flout the lockdown rules, but not the little people. Many politicians appear to have taken us for fools and Mr. Javid’s speech is only one example of the pretence of virtue that is so common.
I have the optimism to believe that the public are beginning to unearth more accurate and reliable news from non-mainstream sources and are slowly realising that lockdowns and enforced Covid vaccinations were and are the real scandal.
Those involved in the selection of a potential Prime Minister would be unwise to put forward any candidate that had anything whatsoever to do with the Covid policy of the last two years. In one of my recent articles I suggested that Steve Baker might be one such MP and the odds for him becoming the next Prime Minister were, at that time 40-1. On Friday the odds put Sajid Javid (20-1) as eighth favourite, but Steve Baker’s odds dramatically shortened to 25-1 just one place behind, in ninth position. The latest news is that Steve Baker has dropped out but he, along with Desmond Swayne, is publicly backing Suella Braverman. Suella Braverman QC was the first MP to formally declare a leadership run and did so on an agenda of tax cutting and getting rid of “all this woke rubbish”. She is a Brexit Spartan. The latest odds put Suella Braverman in seventh place at 16-1 and Sajid Javid has slipped back to ninth at 20-1.
Whoever succeeds Johnson would be wise to understand that the only ‘virtue’ the public are likely to welcome is one that involves politicians being genuinely humble and apologetic and admit they made huge mistakes that must never be allowed to happen again.
Dr. Mark Shaw is a retired dentist.