That campaign, and the manner in which law enforcement authorities called time on it, came to mind when the assembled idiocy of the anti-vax fringe began its own adventure into harassment and intimidation. The Chester chapter of the movement occupied the city’s library and threatened schoolteachers over giving students the Covid-19 vaccine.
As with Stephen Lennon, nothing was done about it. But all that may be about to change, after two interconnected events yesterday. One was a visit by the Covidiots to the home of broadcaster Jeremy Vine, and the other a declaration made by one of their number immediately afterwards - a declaration threatening and creepy in equal measure.
Vine was not at home. But his wife was: “I'm not at home at the moment, so these guys just served an ‘anti-vaxx writ’ on my wife instead. They are angry at the BBC’s #CovidVaccine reporting. They were polite, for which I'm grateful, but coming to my home on a Sunday? And I'm a little unnerved by the heavy breathing too”. There was more.
Behold Mick the Covidiot braggart
“I have only just seen this: if my wife hadn't accepted the ‘anti-vaxx writ’ on my behalf, this group waiting near my house would then have ‘taken the whole street.’ The original video shows street name and house number really clearly. Always happy to engage but not like this”. The similarity with Lennon threatening to come back every night is all too clear.
But it was the creepy and threatening pronouncement after Vine’s wife was served with the fake “writ” that may finally see the Met get off its corporate backside. A video now live on Facebook features an individual called Mick who confirms the serving of the “writ”. He then becomes rather full of himself - maybe a little too full - and makes this claim.
“The thing is, guys, listen - we know their home address. We’ve got everybody’s address. We’ve got every MP’s address, we’ve got every councillor’s address, we’ve got every judge’s address, and we’ve got everyone who works for the mainstream media’s address. There’s people in the resistance working in all walks of life”. Then it gets really creepy.
“We can get every piece of information that we need, so we’ve got everyone’s address, and everyone will be served, peacefully and respectfully, but they will be served. We are coming to your home address, guys”. Peaceful and respectful. Rather like that “polite conversation” that Stephen Lennon claimed he wanted with his targets.
Moreover, this is clearly more than a mere local campaign: the placards displayed in Chester, and in the North Wales town of Rhyl, are of an identical format to those being waved at passing cars in London. Worse, the disciples of this cult are anything but peaceful in intent, with some of those commenting on Facebook talking of “[taking] this **** out”, and another saying “Wait until we come with the noose Jeremy”.
“These people are perhaps a little more scary than they are first appear” concluded Vine. Dead right they are. So when are the cops going to wake up and take action?
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