The problem with trying to speak out of both sides of your mouth is that eventually, you’re going to get called out on it. This is especially true when you’re in a prominent public position – and as a man who has taken the government to court to try and force changes to Covid restrictions, Sacha Lord certainly cannot argue that his view on such matters is private.
And other people are finally starting to see what I saw months ago. You see Lord has been vocally against vaccine passports. Now there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this – indeed, this very blog isn’t keen on them either. Thankfully, he can now rest slightly easier at night with the knowledge they’ve officially been scrapped for England.
But Lord’s tweets on this issue, and others, are something of a masterclass in word salad. It’s not difficult to understand why. On the one hand, Lord knows that the club scene has a disproportionate number of people who seem to think that Covid is fake.
On the other, he’s an adviser for Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham – so associating too closely with anti-vaxxers could cause political difficulties for his boss. So Lord treads a very careful line, being very cautious to avoid revealing too much about his own leanings.
When these things happen, the best advice I can give anyone is follow the money. And that’s what I did. I took a look at the Parklife festival, which took place over the weekend, and the forthcoming Warehouse Project event. Given Lord’s own personal opposition to vaccine passports. you’d imagine that his own events wouldn’t have any rules in place on the subject, wouldn’t you?
You’d be wrong. Both Parklife and Warehouse Project have clear stipulations – if you want to get into either venue, you must provide evidence you’re double jabbed, a negative lateral flow test as close to the starting time as physically possible or evidence of natural immunity from having had the damn virus. The rules are very clear – if you do not want to provide any one of those three, you aren’t getting in.
And the anti-vaxxers whom Lord has carefully courted over the past few months have noticed. To say they’re extremely unhappy is quite the understatement. Over the weekend, Lord’s mentions have consisted of an absolute mountain of abuse from the same group he previously flirted with. It’s safe to say this bizarre love affair is well and truly over…
Oh, and since we’re on the subject of Sacha Lord, do you remember yesterday’s post about how he insulted someone because they pointed out how much he charges for drinks at his events? I’m reliably informed that a 500ml bottle of water was indeed £2.50 at Parklife over the weekend. A Pepsi Max of the same size was £3.50. Whereas 50ml of Jack Daniels whisky was £10, and the same again for a vodka. The cocktails were all £10.50 each.
If you headed to Tesco, an Evian bottle of water that size would cost you 75p and the Pepsi Max is £1.10. You could get a 1 litre bottle of Jack Daniels for £32, meaning 50ml of the whisky would cost you £1.60 – and the 700ml bottle of Smirnoff vodka would be £15.50, so 50ml is the equivalent of around £1.10.
Seeing festivals buy alcohol in gargantuan quantities, the sheer profit to be made must be eye-watering. No wonder Sacha’s so pleased with himself this Monday…