Lord Andrew Adonis says Tony Blair ‘is never wrong’
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Lord Adonis had LBC presenter Iain Dale in stitches as he discussed former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s comments on the unvaccinated. The Labour peer heaped praise on the COVID-19 vaccine and encouraged Brits who had not had their dose to take it. Mr Dale questioned Lord Adonis on Mr Blair’s comments branding unjabbed Britons as “idiots.”
Lord Adonis said: “It’s a judgement call as to precisely what language you use, but it’s clearly in all of our interests.
“That those people who can safely do so, do get vaccinated, there’s no good reason whatever against doing so.”
Mr Dale said: “Was Tony Blair wrong to use the word idiot?”
Lord Adonis said: “Tony Blair is never wrong.”
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Laughing off the comment, Mr Dale said: “How did I know you were going to say that.”
The comments made by the former Prime Minister were said as he warned people should not be persuaded to be vaccinated with a “heavy-handed” approach.
Mr Blair also backed the UK Government’s Plan B imposed restrictions, agreeing with the new Government plans to try and stop the surge of Omicron cases,
He said: “Frankly, if you’re not vaccinated at the moment and you’re eligible and you’ve got no health reason for not being vaccinated, you’re not just irresponsible, I mean you’re an idiot.
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“I’m sorry, I mean that is, truthfully you are. Because this Omicron variant is so contagious, if you’re unvaccinated and you’re in circulation, you’re going to get it.
“And … that is going to put a lot of strain on the health service.”
Mr Blair added: “We shouldn’t target these people who are unvaccinated in a heavy-handed way, but we should be trying to go after them and persuade them.
“There may be all sorts of reasons, but honestly it is in their own interest, never mind the public interest, for them to get vaccinated.”
Tony Blair’s comments divided the public and caused an enraged reaction from Brits.
Actress Denise Welch has been vocal over the past year on COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, she disagreed with the former Prime Minister’s comments on the vaccine status of some Brits.
Ms Welch said: “Let’s persuade them by calling them, idiots! Brilliant. The queues will be round the block in minutes, go at irresponsible, idiotic things.”
TV producer Wade John Beckett wrote: “Because yes, that’s how you influence people who respond to reason evidence and logic over emotional manipulation or dictatorship, by calling them ‘idiots’
Mr Beckkett added: “I’d have thought by now your masters would have taught you better.”
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