By Anne Dachel
Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, addressed the U.N. in Sept 2019. He spoke about modern technology with analogies to Greek mythology and historical figures. Will our high tech world free us or enslave us? Liberate us or control us?
In the midst of this 16 minute speech he managed to slam ‘anti-vaxxers’ as anti-science. (8:15)
“It is a deep human instinct to be wary of any kind of technical progress. …There are today people who are still actually anti-science, a whole movement called ‘the anti-vaxxers’ who refuse to acknowledge the evidence that vaccinations have eradicated smallpox and who by their prejudices are actually endangering the very children they want to protect.
“And I totally reject this anti-science pessimism. I’m profoundly about the ability of new technology to serve as a liberator and to remake the world wondrously and benignly.”
So while the computer age poses threats to our freedom, vaccines are good, vaccines save lives, according to Johnson. No one should reject them.
Actually this man needs to look at the British education system. Things are not good. In 2015 the government announced 27 new special needs schools to be built across England, schools for disabled children who couldn’t be helped in regular special education classes. In 2020 we see the additional of 37 more special schools, with plans for 49 more coming after that.
Johnson needs to look at the shocking numbers in the U.K. In Northern Ireland one in every 24 students is autistic, and 23 percent receive special education help. In Scotland 29 percent of children are considered special needs. (England itself puts the special education number at 15 percent, a low figure that can be explained by the recent scandal showing thousands of special needs students are routinely expelled from school. Thousands more simply don’t get assessments for their disabilities.)
Since Johnson took time out from his U.N. speech on technology to deny that vaccines have dangerous side effects, he should continue his fake reality and deny the fact that more and more of the children he governs are unable to function as children have always been expected to.
Boris Johnson may be optimistic about the future and doesn’t want anyone excluded from “the wonderful benefits of this technology and the industrial revolution,” but he’s totally oblivious about what will happen to Britain when this disabled generation grows up and becomes dependent on the government for their support and care. Maybe he’ll return to the U.N. if he’s still in office, and address the assembly about it.