Army assist with Covid tests one week after speech by Dorset MP

October 8, 2020

VACCINE AGENDA: “If you pause to consider what is involved; the logistics of shifting millions of refrigerated vaccines across the country; the creation of regional distribution hubs which then feed into mobile testing centres to establish a national database to track, progress and issue vaccination certificates which will have to be internally recognized to allow international travel as well as establishing the order of who is prioritized first.” – Former veteran and MOD minister, Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood speaking to Parliament earlier this month. Picture by Chris McAndrew.

SOLDIERS have been on the streets of the West Midlands assisting local authorities offering Covid-19 tests to their taxpayers without their knowledge.

Al fresco testing centres have sprung in major towns and cities across the United Kingdom where people can go to be tested for the virus if they think have symptoms but now army cadets have been colloborating with councils offering doorstep tests.

It is also worth noting whether the companies running these centres like Serco are indemnified from prosecution as they are outside and not under NHS control, where some could argue they would be liable.

But in Handsworth, Birmingham, a community leader approaches three individuals in hi-viz doing this, one appears to be a council employee and there is a male and a female soldier in military uniform and the move does not go down well. The awkward exchange between the three officials and the resident is recorded by by the account @CalNoMask on Twitter.

One person responding to the thread asked why the army cadets were wearing uniform in a part of Birmingham where radical Islamists live and referred to the execution of Lee Rigby.

To put this disturbing bit of footage in context as to how this may have come about, this is what Royal Green Jackets veteran and former Defence minister, Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood said to the House of Commons on 1 October: “We must learn the lessons of the PP roll out testing track and trace. Mass vaccine roll-out is an enormous responsibility and we need to get it right.

“Planning must start immediately and I have written to the Prime Minister (Boris Johnson) that he consider calling on the Ministry of Defence to establish a small task force led by a senior empowered voice of authority to begin the planning and design of a draught blueprint.

“The Armed Forces have the capacity, the logistical capabilities and the national reach not overburdened by any current duties involving tackling Covid-19 to take on this mammoth and incredible task.

‘Army has logistics to roll vaccines out’

“If you pause to consider what is involved; the logistics of shifting millions of refrigerated vaccines across the country; the creation of regional distribution hubs which then feed into mobile testing centres to establish a national database to track, progress and issue vaccination certificates which will have to be internally recognized to allow international travel as well as establishing the order of who is prioritized first.”

This begs the question, did Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock already make the decision to use the Army in this way before Mr Ellwood make his statement when he did?

On being challenged, the male soldier proceeds to tell the local resident that they are working with Birmingham City Council, knocking on doors offering Covid Tests.

In response the resident asks the male soldier in Station Road, Handsworth; “Can I ask you a question, I’m a citizen of Handsworth and I live in this community and I’m recording this for my safety and your safety also.

‘Why knock on doors if people can go to testing centres?’

“Why is there a need to have the Army on the streets and knocking on people’s doors and to see if they want to be tested?”

He replies, “we are just here to assist the council and hand them out.”
The resident said: “But why the Army? Surely if people want to have tests, it is their discretion and they can go voluntarily to any testing centres, so why are you knocking on people’s doors?”

“If you do come knocking on my door and I refuse. Are there any repercussions for that?” The soldier replied, “It is entirely up to yourself.”
The resident continued: “You are the Air Force? and how do you feel about knocking on people’s doors?”

‘We can’t answer – we support the council’

“We are not here to answer any more questions. We are just here to support the Council.”

The community leader tried to remind the soldiers that they lived in an open society and repeatedly asked if they felt comfortable taking part in this exercise.

‘It is tyranny having Army on the streets’

“Do you think is a bit draconian in terms of what you guys are doing? Is there any legal right you have to knock on people’s doors?

“I’m a citizen of Handsworth and I’m not happy and as a resident around here, and If I do see anybody and any people that I know, I will tell them to refuse to open their doors because I think it is absolute liberty of people’s civil rights and taking away our freedoms. This is absolutely tyranny having the Army on the streets.”

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