Britain’s Counter Terror Chief Calls For ‘National Debate’ On Criminalizing Doubts About Coronavirus Vaccine

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The UK’s top counter-terrorism officer has called for a nationwide debate on the introduction of new laws to punish people who spread anti-vaccination ‘conspiracy therories’

Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said that there should be a discussion about whether it is “the correct thing for society to allow” people to spread “misinformation that could cost people’s lives” as he responded to concern that false online claims could undermine the take up of coronavirus vaccinations.

He has effectively tried to demonize all doubts about the quickly developed vaccine whose potential long-term effects are not yet known

RT reports: While he didn’t go so far as to call for a law to be passed banning such content, his suggestion of a “national debate” will presumably light a fire under ministers already mulling such legislation.

Basu also expressed worries about a “sharp increase in extremist material online in the last few years” during Wednesday’s press conference, warning of a “new and worrying trend in the UK” of young people being radicalized. Officials told UK media that Islamic extremists and far-right groups were using “false claims about coronavirus” to radicalize their followers. 

Social media users already wary of the rush to roll out the vaccine were disturbed by the attendant rush to criminalize criticism of it.

Some said that there were completely legitimate reasons to criticize the jab.

Even some in favor of taking the jab thought the decision to do so should be a “personal choice” rather than a mandate

And others argued Basu’s suggestion should horrify anyone who believed in free speech, “no matter what [their] beliefs.

Am I alone in finding this more worrying than the virus itself?” one user asked.

The counter-terrorism chief’s concerns have added to the growing chorus of government entities calling for the blanket censorship – or even criminalization – of vaccine scepticism. The Labour Party earlier this week demanded the government adopt emergency legislation to impose civil and criminal penalties on social media platforms that don’t immediately remove posts that question the safety of the jab and other “false” materials.

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth demanded government “deal with some of the dangerous nonsense, nonsensical anti-vax stuff that we’ve seen spreading on social media, which erodes trust in the vaccine” even though no vaccine has yet passed review by UK health authorities and speculation from either “side” of the debate is fully hypothetical.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out making vaccination mandatory, and ministers are reportedly considering issuing QR codes to people who receive the jab that will allow them to attend sports, theatre, and other events.


  1. Who wouldn’t enjoy shoving at least 20 experimental vaccines down this tyrants throat?

    The best medicine for raving dipshits is their own.

  2. Who wouldn’t enjoy shoving at least 20 experimental vaccines down this tyrants throat?

    The best medicine for raving dipshats is their own.

  3. Who wouldn’t enjoy shoving at least 20 experimental vaccines down this tyrants throat?

    The best medicine for raving aholes is their own.

  4. England has become evil. Actually as the greatest Empire established by mass murder and grand theft they probably have been for centuries Certainly Hyde Park came before Jekyl Island .By a long time too .Peoole either know the truth about history or they dont .People either see the truth or they dont .

  5. But FIRST… can we have the beginning of any kind of debate in the relentless, one-tracked, propagandising mainstream media about the pros and cons of #Covid19 / Lockdowns / Effectiveness of Facemasks / Track and Trace / Warpspeed Vaccines / and countless other issues that are being ignored in favour of promoting the interests of billionaire owned, money grubbing corporations with immense political sway and lobbying power over government policy? PLEASE?

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