Friday, 8th May 2020
Today was a bank holiday (not that we’d necessarily notice!) as today is VE day. But, unlike World War 2, we are fighting an invisible enemy.
Lot of the rhetoric currently is fighting talk. Talk of war. COBRA meet daily and we get a daily update, like reports from a battlefront. We talk of a fight against the virus and the disease. People battle with Covid-19.
This, inevitably, leads to many people making comparisons between the current situation and WWII. But, this makes me uncomfortable.
For starters, we are not fighting an enemy. Whilst there are some people working on a vaccine and caring for the sick, the vast majority of people are not ‘on the front line’. We are sat, at home, warm, with televisions, Zoom and Skype, supermarkets and no fear of indiscriminate bombs falling on us.
We are not sending a whole generation to die fighting. At home, we are not subject to rationing. We haven’t had to send our children to the countryside to protect them.
Do not get me confused, for those that have lost ones, it is tragic. My sympathies go to all those who have suffered and who are working in hospitals and care homes who are working at the sharp end of this pandemic.
But, let us remember that a whole generation endured over five years of war and even many more years of rationing. They did so without the internet, the television or furloughing.
Today, of all days, let us remember the sacrifices that generation made for ours.