In a now-deleted Facebook post, the Daily Record, a Scottish newspaper, asked readers if they want to see Australian-style COVID internment camps in Scotland.
“Australians are being detained in Covid internment camps for 14 days if they test positive or are suspected positive,” the deleted post reads.
“Should we follow their lead?”
The graphic caption below reads, “Should Scotland introduce Covid internment camps?”
Readers were less than thrilled by the suggestion, to say the least, and the newspaper was forced to take down the post due to a widespread, international backlash to even the proposal of such a policy.
No one wants to live under a regime resembling the one in Australia.
Have the @Daily_Record removed this offensive post https://t.co/MT53sHP0Ml
from Facebook? It was out of order. @IpsoNews @LBC@talkRADIO@JuliaHB1 @ChrisMusson @BBCScotlandNews pic.twitter.com/IpJLOYxRjL
— Bruce Scott (@DrBruceScott) January 6, 2022
As one Twitter user put it, “The Daily Record is asking the question if quarantine camps should be introduced in Scotland for even being suspected of being Covid positive. What does that mean – you sneeze twice in a few minutes and you’re in the gulag?”
“Shame on you Daily Record for even thinking this,” the Tweet reads.
Indeed, many are attributing malice towards the unvaccinated from the newspaper for the suggestion. However, whatever the intent of the post may be, malicious or not, the possibility of seeing your loved one’s loved ones being rounded up after testing positive with the highly transmissible but mostly mild Omicron variant can’t sit well with anyone that doesn’t want to see an absolute tyranny take over their nation.
Moreover, a prominent paper floating the question can have a ripple effect, a signal to others that this is something on the table, something which those in the media and government are currently weighing as a possible future.
And just what is so bad about such a future, some may ask. Well, as we reported in December 2021, we already know what the situation is like in Australia: it’s a dystopian hell where asymptomatic teenagers have to scale barbed-wire fences to escape prison guards because they may have the sniffles.
Additionally, to put the paper’s prominence in Scotland in perspective, the Daily Record currently has 138,000 followers, while the National Post, one of Canada’s largest newspapers, has roughly 922,200 Twitter followers at the time of writing. So, what, then. Right? Their relevance seems minuscule.
However, Canada (with approximately 38.01 million residents as of 2020) also has roughly seven times the number of citizens (Scotland had approximately 5.5 million residents in 2019). This suggests that the Daily Record’s potential reach is at least comparable given the readership disparity.
Imagine if the Toronto Star, National Post, or Globe and Mail started asking readers if they want to see asymptomatic people rounded up, like they are in Australia, and shipped off to an internment camp.
This is the type of question people ask during wartimes and is totally inappropriate. Thankfully, no one in Scotland is having any of it.