Tory MP slams ‘unworthy’ BBC host as he sparks outrage with ‘Nazi Germany’ UK comparison
Omicron: Tory MP compares vaccine passports to 'Nazi Germany'
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Marcus Fysh appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live where he explained his staunch opposition to the introduction of vaccine passports and is expected to vote against the measures later this week. But Mr Fysh went on a bizarre rant where he said the UK was not “Nazi Germany” and got personal after he was quizzed on whether it was right that someone’s freedom could be under threat because people choose not to get vaccinated. Mr Fysh said he did not want the UK to become a “papers please” society as he went back and forth with Ms Burden over the coronavirus rules and even suggest she could be “not worthy” of working for the BBC.
Mr Fysh is expected to be one of the “75” Tory rebels who will vote against the introduction of either mask-wearing or Covid certification on Tuesday.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, Mr Fysh was challenged during his radio appearance by host Rachel Burden with the MP slamming the “surveillance app” being proposed and the pressures to get the vaccine unwillingly.
Mr Burden pointed out the new rules would allow people to prove they were not infected through a lateral flow test so there was a way to still avoid getting the jab.
Mr Fysh agreed and said he believes regular testing is much more effective as he argued it would be able to find “super spreaders” and those with more serious variants.
Ms Burden added: “This is where I’m a bit confused because the vast majority of people who are vaccinated feel that their freedoms are being impinged by others who are able to walk around and potentially be infectious and not have to demonstrate that they’re not.
“So if you’re talking about freedoms and liberties, it’s the liberty to go into a pub and know that the chances of not being infected are greatly diminished because either you’ve shown your vaccine certification or you show proof of a negative LFT, what is the problem?”
Mr Fysh simply replied the UK was a “free country” and did not want to see it turn into a “papers please” society.
Things turned personal when Ms Burden pushed the Tory backbencher to give an answer about individual freedoms being damaged because others spread the virus.
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He replied: “We are very well vaccinated in this country. It’s been a great success. People have the freedom to do what they want with their own bodies…
“If you want to undo those things, you’re not worthy of working for the BBC, in my opinion.”
Ms Burden was taken back but continued her line of questioning with Mr Fysh saying the UK was “not Nazi Germany” so should not seek to segregate each other based on health.
The radio host did not think the UK could be compared to that and pointed out to listeners that Mr Fysh was a big supporter of the booster programme.
MPs are set to vote on the new restrictions on Tuesday with a strong rebellion, led by Steve Baker, expected to disrupt the proceedings.
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The new rules would see mask-wearing extended to nearly all indoor venues which include museums, hairdressers, taxis, and other indoor venues.
Gyms and hospitality venues will still be exempt, however.
Covid certification will also be introduced as a requirement for entry to large events such as stadiums, nightclubs, or other indoor venues with large audiences.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is also rumoured to be announcing new rules on Tuesday also after Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said further restrictions were “inevitable”.
It comes as the Omicron variant has caused concerns within the Government as Health Secretary Sajid Javid attempts to act quickly to stall further spreading.
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