||Vote 1 Free Choice
Object to forced meds
|Themes:||Freedom of choice, especially the choice to be plague-bearers.|
||Apparently, I’d have to download an unknown web app to my computer to find out about their candidates. Which I don’t want to do, because I’m concerned about viruses. Symbolism, anyone?
Update: They’ve fixed their site, but I still find that hilarious. They are running in NSW, QLD and WA.
|Preferences:||To be updated when the how to vote cards are declared.|
Policies & Commentary
What a difference a day makes! We have gone from a party that is all about science to one that can be described most politely as pseudoscience.
Let’s start with their title and marketing, which is designed to be as emotive as possible. The idea of involuntary medication brings to mind images of a drugged and docile population, somewhere between an old-school asylum and something out of Aldous Huxley. Images of a mother bending over her infant with the caption ‘Hands OFF my baby!’ and of a young girl making a stop sign with her hand and saying ‘Hands OFF choice!’ add to the atmosphere. The government, IMOP would have you believe, is trying to control you, like some sinister, white-coated scientist in a 1950s horror movie.
(You know, the 1950s, when the diptheria-tetanus-pertusis vaccine was introduced and scientists were working on a polio vaccine culminating in a clinical trial involving 1.8 million children ‘carried out with the co-operation and assistance of hundreds of thousands of lay volunteers, along with medical professionals and local health departments throughout the USA‘.)
Anyway, IMOP’s rhetoric would have you believe that those sinister white-coated scientists are working hand-in-surgical-glove with the government, to control you. (Or maybe they control the government? That would be a twist!)
Lest you think I’m being melodramatic and unfair here, take a look at their preamble:
Australia’s newest political party, Involuntary Medication Objectors Party, is committed to giving a voice to the tens of thousands of Australians who have been ignored by the government and vilified by the press for their informed choice to reject the highly questionable government sponsored Vaccination Program.
Objection is also raised to the mass medication of the population by the Fluoridation of our water supplies…
The party needs your support to turn back this great tide of evil that strikes right at the heart of our hard won freedoms that make us uniquely Australian.
You are invited to join the Party and add your voice against this great travesty of justice and freedom.
Do you hear the people sing / Singing the song of angry men? It is the music of a people who will not drink fluoridated water again!
Right, well, we might as well deal with the really easy target first, so let’s start by pointing out the inaccuracy in the very first four words of the first line, which is that this is not Australia’s newest political party – believe me, I would know. There were six registered last week, the last of which was ICAN. And this one has been around since 2016, which makes it about 90 in Australian Politics years. I mean, that was a whole Prime Minister ago. Maybe two. Maybe six. I’ve lost count…
As for the rest…
Their candidates, unsurprisingly, all have backgrounds in natural health, holistic health and alternative therapies. Their most notable candidate is Judy Wilyman, who received a PhD from the University of Wollongong for a thesis titled “A critical analysis of the Australian government’s rationale for its vaccination policy”. Wilyman claimed that ‘This PhD provides evidence that all vaccines are not safe and effective and that the combined schedule of vaccines is doing more harm than good in the population through the increase in chronic illness’, and is full of strange claims about secret committees at the World Health Organisation.
It is worth noting that Wilyman’s PhD was undertaken through the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, under the supervision of a cultural studies professor and a sociologist, and while I would be the last person to denigrate the value of a Humanities degree (I am the proud holder of an extremely useful degree in Medieval History and French), the tools required for the humanities are not the correct tools for the job of assessing the efficacy of vaccinations. I’m sorry, but they just aren’t. It’s a completely different skill set.
Fortunately, there are people who do have that skill set. These people are called scientists. And, more specifically, immunologists. And four of them have written a commentary in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Vaccine, analysing Wilyman’s thesis. You can read the whole thing here, or a summary of it here. Spoiler: they aren’t impressed.
I know I’ve spent a lot of time on Wilyman here, given that she is only one candidate, but her PhD lends her a certain credibility, and I think it’s important to draw attention to the issues involved in it.
I have no patience for IMOP. Their talk of personal freedom masks an extreme level of selfishness. Their choices have the potential to kill other people. Diseases like measles, whooping cough, even chicken pox are not trivial. Fortunately, they are trivially easy to prevent.
Don’t vote for IMOP. And please, make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations – this is looking like a really nasty flu season, apart from anything else…
Eurovision Theme Song as determined by me, very objectively
OK, after all that, I think we deserve some light relief, and this rather… special… song by Switzerland seems to fit the bill on so many levels.
I mean, anyone who has been following the pro-epidemic movement for a while will notice that every time scientists manage to put one theory to rest, another one rises, as if from the grave. Vaccines are full of mercury! No they aren’t, but there are too many of them at once, and they overwhelm the immune system! Nope, it’s not that, but they are full of aborted fetus material! Well, OK, maybe not that, but hey, you just know that Big Pharma is hiding something…
Like a nightmare, neverending
Let me change your world
Also, vampires definitely like fluoride. How else will they keep their teeth all nice and white and pointy?