Sammy Wilson: Could this be yet another tool to keep the population in a state of perpetual fear ?

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Twitter thread by Sammy Wilson

The introduction of domestic Covid passports in Northern Ireland would be yet another unacceptable step towards unwarranted state control of people’s personal lives.

Sammy Wilson MP

Democratic Unionist Party MP for East Antrim

In May 1996, the Sunday World published a series of candid holiday photographs showing Wilson and his girlfriend naked. Wilson subsequently sued the paper for damages, which were settled out of court.[6] After the incident, Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin addressed the Northern Ireland Assembly by saying “It is also very good to come across someone like Mr Sammy Wilson, whom I have never met, and it is great to see him today with his clothes on.

This is a bad policy which the Executive should reject. Listen to the voices of businesses, workers and patients who are struggling to be seen because of staff shortages.

It is clear that vaccination does not stop infection. It is clear that vaccination does not stop the spread of infection. It is equally clear that people will continue to meet in hundreds of settings which could not be covered by the imposition of vaccine passports.

How will the Health Minister select which settings require vaccine passports? Concerts but not churches? Football matches but not funerals? Hospitality customers but not workers?

Robin Swann

(born 24 September 1971) is an Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) politician from Northern Ireland serving as Minister of Health since 2020. His tenure as health minister has coincided with the global COVID-19 pandemic. He was the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 2017 to 2019.

Swann was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011, representing North Antrim, and was re-elected in the 2016 and 2017 Assembly elections.

From 6 April 2012, he served as Ulster Unionist Chief Whip, a position he retained until he was elected unopposed as UUP leader in April 2017. He resigned as UUP leader in November 2019. Swann stood as the UUP candidate in North Antrim in the December 2019 general election, which saw an 11.4% increase in their vote taking the party to second place in the constituency of North Antrim.

Will the Health Minister require all HSC staff to be vaccinated at a time of staff shortages? Will it apply to food processors at a time of acute labour shortages? Or is it simply tokenism?

Could this be yet another tool to keep the population in a state of perpetual fear?

This is a bad policy which the Executive should reject. Listen to the voices of businesses, workers and patients who are struggling to be seen because of staff shortages.

Sammy Wilson, Wilson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the son of Alexander Wilson, pastor of Bangor Elim Pentecostal Church. Both of his parents died of Alzheimer’s. He was educated at Methodist College in Belfast, and then went on to study Economics and Politics at both Queen’s University of Belfast and Stranmillis University College. Wilson’s first job was a teaching post at Grosvenor Grammar School. He later became the Head of Economics at the school, and also served as Assistant Chief Examiner for A-Level Economics for the CCEA exam board in Northern Ireland.


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