Dan Wootton: 'Harry is so hellbent on revenge that he intends to reveal all like a tacky Hollywood star'

Dan Wootton gives his take on the day's top stories.

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Vaccine passports

Boris Johnson promised it would never happen. So too did Michael Gove. The Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi even told me they were “discriminatory and wrong”. But, very sadly, today those reassurances have been revealed as a big fat lie. Vaccine passports are on their way.

The UK is truly morphing into a biosecurity state where entry to a nightclub or a concert will be dependent on showing your health papers to confirm your vaccination status. This is all about coercion. Trying to force young folk with an incredibly low risk of suffering any serious illness from Covid to be jabbed.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got natural immunity or can prove your Covid negative status via a PCR test. From the end of September Boris Johnson says the government reserves the right to go towards a system of mandatory vaccine passports before any young person can buy a drink at a nightclub or go to see their favourite artist perform live.

Here’s how Boris Johnson – who once called himself a libertarian – tried to justify it today. But government sources have confirmed it’s a done deal. The only thing to stop this now is for us to stand up against what’s happening.

This was meant to be Freedom Day. We were meant to be celebrating after 18 miserable months. Instead, the government announces vaccine passports are on the way. That’s proof we will no longer be a free society. There are so many questions to be answered here.

How will the government force nightclubs and venues to start checking the health papers of their customers? What about the fact we’ll be immediately creating a two-tier society, given vaccine hesitancy remains high in ethnic minority groups? How will that fit with the levelling up message?

We are now on the slippery slope, folks. This has gone too far. Ironically, Freedom Day will now be synonymous with the government taking even more freedom away.

Prince Harry's new book

Can Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stoop any lower? Surely, there’s nothing more revolting they can do than pressing ahead with a grubby tell all interview about the Royal Family as Harry’s grandfather Prince Harry lies dying in hospital.

Turns out there is. Breaking tonight is the news that Prince Harry is writing a tell-all autobiography about the royal family. He’s been working on it for the past year with the ghostwriter J. R. Moehringer. It will no doubt aim to settle many scores against his relatives – especially Prince Charles and William – and the royal institution. And, of course, what’s most shameful, is the fact Harry writes the tome knowing his father and brother cannot fight back.

It’s the first time a senior royal has done anything like this. Harry is revelling in that fact. In a press release trumpeting the book deal, he says: “I'm writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. I've worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story— the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.

“I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I've learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that's accurate and wholly truthful.”

Well, I’ll tell you what’s wholly truthful: Harry being so hellbent on revenge that he intends to reveal all like a tacky Hollywood star. I know it goes against her grandmotherly instincts, but the Queen really must strip Harry of his HRH status now. He’s pushed it too far this time.

Cinderella

The government’s Test and Trace app is wreaking havoc across the country. And now we’ve learned it’s killing off the already decimated West End – one of Britain’s greatest exports.

The brilliant Andrew Lloyd Webber announced today he has made the decision to shut down his new production of Cinderella – something he’s pumped millions of pounds into – just hours before it was due to open because the ridiculous Covid rules have just made it too hard.

In a heartbreaking statement, he announced, "Freedom Day has turned into closure day.” He went on to explain that a “rigorous testing system” had seen one positive Covid case but every other staff member backstage tested negative.

However, Lloyd Webber added: “Despite this, the impossible conditions created by the blunt instrument that is the government's isolation guidance, mean we cannot continue. "We have been forced into a devastating decision which will affect the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of people and disappoint the thousands who have booked to see the show."

The arts and entertainment industry is not being taken seriously by this government. It’s not just some little extra, it’s an important part of our culture and who we are. Something must be done or the curtain will come down on the West End for good.