IT’S August 1944 in France and something truly remarkable has happened. Turns out that, contrary to the impression they may have given over the previous five years of Nazi occupation, every single Frenchman and Frenchwoman was working for the Resistance all along.
Sure, one or two may have gone with the flow and traded goods or sold their bodies to the Germans (a girl’s got to eat!); others may have gone further, perhaps betraying a Jewish family or even working alongside the Nazis for the Vichy paramilitaries the Milice (as depicted in that chilling Louis Malle film Lacombe, Lucien). But it’s all water under the bridge now, right? Forgive and forget. We’ve been liberated from tyranny and it’s time to move on, oui?
Well, I’m sorry, but non! I’ve never been a fan of the parable of the Prodigal Son, where the wastrel who has frittered away his inheritance is instantly rehabilitated while the son who has done all the heavy lifting gets nothing, and I feel just the same about all these fairweather resistants now crawling out of the woodwork.
The latest is BBC radio and Channel 5 presenter Jeremy Vine, who has recently poured scorn on Twitter over ‘the absolutely mad things that were done around the country . . . to comply with so-called Covid rules.’
Surely this cannot be the same Jeremy Vine who, for almost two years, has been assiduously pushing the government’s authoritarian Covid agenda to the point of giving generous and enthusiastic airtime to the kind of fascistic loons who want the ‘unvaccinated’ treated like criminals?
Vine is by no means the only media influencer to have pulled this slippery U-turn. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who makes their living in the mainstream media who did question the ‘pandemic’ lunacy. Honourable exceptions include Allison Pearson at the Telegraph, Maajid Nawaz at LBC – which rewarded him by sacking him – and Toby Young at his website Lockdown Sceptics. Generally, though, the only coherent, informed and correct arguments against the Covid hysteria have come from those of us ridiculed by the mainstream as ‘conspiracy theorists’.
Being proved right is its own reward. So, I don’t greatly mind the fact that the wisdom, prescience and courage of those who fought the fight when others cowered behind their masks will never be properly acknowledged. What does bother me, though, is the duplicity and chutzpah of all those mainstream media cowards and shills as they attempt to rewrite history and pretend that they too were always sceptical. What worries me still more than their face-saving dishonesty is that it may enable them to regain control of the narrative that had almost slipped from their grasp.
For the last two years, the narrative – dutifully promoted on behalf of the emergent bio-security state by its media propagandists – has gone something like this: Covid-19 is the deadliest pandemic since Spanish Flu; mass vaccination is the only way out; masks, lockdowns, quarantines, the destruction of jobs and businesses, the extra deaths from suicide and untreated cancer are an acceptable price to pay for this war-like disaster scenario; anyone who complains or resists is a granny killer.
Now, with a swiftness and insouciance which beggars belief, this narrative has shifted in the space of a week to: whoops, that was all a bit silly, wasn’t it? Still, no harm done; lessons will be learned, probably, sometime; now we can just carry on as normal.