As I gazed into my crystal ball a few weeks ago it struck me that vaccine passports were the future.
After I announced my vision to the country, I was knocked back by the outright hostility I attracted from some quarters, especially from the vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi.
Sadly, my efforts to flush out the future didn’t go down well. People derided me and generally poured scorn on my predictions. Some even had the cheek to say ‘Mystic Mullins’ was a fake and could no more see into the future than Uri Geller could bend spoons with his mind.
Government ministers turned fire on me and my powers too, not only claiming that vaccine passports would be discriminatory, but that they would never happen in a free country such as the UK.
Well, the smoke has cleared, and it is happening. And it’s going to allow people to travel abroad, which will provide a massive boost to the airline industry – and that’s just for starters.
The first pass is being developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and will be verified at the borders, which could be June for us Brits, or maybe earlier.
Vinoop Goel, IATA’s regional director of airports, said: ‘We are currently working with a number of airlines worldwide and learning from these pilots. And the plan is to go live in March.’
He says the association ‘expects to have a fully functional working system over the next few weeks.’
This not to mention that the UK Government has awarded grants to at least eight different firms to develop ‘vaccine passports’ despite saying the very idea is ‘discriminatory.’
Ministers still deny vaccine passports will be used inland but if you believe that you might as well believe the moon is made of cheese, lizard people are in charge and Covid was invented by Bill Gates to further his campaign for world domination.
Once the technology is out there what will stop businesses snapping it up and installing it to make their staff and customers safer? Why wouldn’t theatres, concert venues and cinemas use vaccine passport technology to help their businesses operate freely once again?
Ministers would have to make a law against it, which would be utter lunacy and would cause outrage, especially on the back benches.
It’s coming. It cannot be stopped, and the Government would be foolish to try.
Now, as I gaze once again into my crystal ball, I can see vaccine passports in widespread use and happy punters going about their business, enjoying shows, films and music in live environments with other like-minded people.
I’m also getting a strange vision of a red-faced government minister chowing down on a large slice of humble pie – but don’t hold me to that one.
Charlie Mullins is the archetypal entrepreneur having started Pimlico Plumbers from scratch and building it into a multi-million pound enterprise. Always opinionated and often controversial, Charlie’s common sense attitude has earned him a reputation as one of the UK's most outspoken entrepreneurs.Leave a comment