Markus Söder has done something for which one can hardly criticize him: Bavaria’s head of state has initiated a discussion with his idea of mandatory vaccination for nursing professions. Shouldn’t it be like that in a democracy?
However, he constantly initiates discussions; He has thus become first among equals in the Prime Minister’s group, which determines the corona policy with the Chancellor. He’s the loudest, he’s Söder. His current proposal also follows the Söder logic. If the vaccination is mandatory, he was the first to ask for it. If she doesn’t come, everyone has talked about Söder. This is what winners look like.
But in a democracy there is also something like responsibility in addition to Söder discussions. This shows deficiencies at Söder, who of course knows how sensitive the subject is. There is great skepticism when it comes to vaccination, as it is known from the measles virus. The coronavirus is much more politicized because of its pandemic properties. Lockdown and bans are nerve-wracking and empty the coffers.
The thought that the immune injection could become compulsory literally goes under the skin. The government and coalition have therefore wisely refrained from enacting them so far. They hope the herd will gain immunity through their own insight.
What is needed are unpretentious politicians. A few candidates are eliminated here
Is hope deceptive? You don’t know yet. There are numbers, surveys, but no evidence. That may change. Then the supposed Söder proposal will be on the agenda anyway, possibly in an escalated form. Of course, this can already be discussed.
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But it is not helpful if one of the ranks of the alleged Corona dictators rushes ahead. Because in this way he is likely to arouse resistance – which of course increases the chances that such a proposal would have to be implemented. Such a calculation would not only prove a lack of political responsibility, it would be an indication of political baseness. We don’t want to trust Söder with them.
It takes persuasion, maybe a campaign. In addition, nursing homes and hospitals are free to require employees to perform an immune test. What is needed are unpretentious politicians who trust in the crisis instead of using it for their profile. Unfortunately, a few candidates are eliminated here.