This is the event that the BBC and the rest of the legacy media tried to airbrush out of history: thousands upon thousands of people marching through central London in protest over lockdown and the imminent threat of vaccine passports.
It was by some margin the biggest rally held so far in the UK against the government’s draconian Chinese coronavirus restrictions. While the MSM put a low estimate on the numbers — 10,000, according to Reuters — others claim the turnout was considerably higher.
What’s certain is that, as with previous anti-lockdown marches, the MSM has done its very best to ignore it. In order for Extinction Rebellion to get mass media coverage, all it has to do is persuade a handful of activists to go with hammers (one ludicrously bearing the message ‘Care – act with love’) and chisels to smash a few windows at a corporate HQ and the story is everywhere, from the BBC to the Sun.
But when perhaps 50,000 or more anti-vaccine-passport protestors bring central London to a standstill as they march down the length of Oxford Street, the event either goes unreported or is sneerily dismissed as a bunch of weirdo conspiracy theorists flouting the government’s supposedly sensible and proportionate mask-and-social-distancing regulations.
Here, for example, is the BBC’s ‘specialist reporter covering disinformation and social media’ pouring scorn on the event:
Anti-lockdown protesters – predominantly organised in Telegram channels promoting conspiracy theories about vaccines and pandemic are marching in Central London.
There are placards claiming covid is a hoax, “the experimental vaccine kills” and the QAnon “Save Our Children”. pic.twitter.com/6anw6iRhkx
— Marianna Spring (@mariannaspring) April 24, 2021
In truth, the vast majority of people at the event weren’t activists but ordinary folk of all ages, races, and classes who’d had enough after a year of government lockdowns, and who felt especially concerned by proposals to bring in vaccine passports. They considered these to be illiberal, discriminatory — and the precursor to a Chinese-style social credit system.
Among the crowds, I was especially pleased to meet one of Britain’s most distinguished movie stars from the ’60s — James Fox — who had come along to support his son Laurence, who is running to be Mayor of London on an anti-lockdown freedom ticket:
50,000 + wonderful people on the march today and my 82 year old dad is the most wonderful of them all. ❤️ London. pic.twitter.com/MXX3ShkZXd
— Laurence Fox (@LozzaFox) April 24, 2021
Fox was among many opposed to vaccine passports, which he believes are not only discriminatory but un-Christian:
Suppose a church pastor is having a congregation come to him and somebody at the door says: ‘We’re only going to allow those people in who’ve been vaccinated.’ Would Jesus do that? No he wouldn’t. He accepted everybody.