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HOPE & GLORY: Britain WILL survive the Corona crisis, we’ve faced FAR worse 

BRITAIN is in fear right now; there’s no sugarcoating the horrors in the world and the ones that are heading for the UK right now, but we can’t let Coronavirus defeat our spirit and we must stay strong! 

You may have heard your great grandparents bang on about ‘duwing the war’ with tales of coming together in a time of national crisis, I certainly did, it has made surviving part our national psyche and us pampered twenty first century Brits are about to have to do the same. 

You know what, We need a kick up the backside, we need to realise what is really important in life and come together after years of Brexit division and we need the Prime Minister to start leading the nation with clear and concise information. 

Life is never going to be the same again; our loved ones may die and we may see death and horrors not seen since the dark days of the Blitz during the Second World War. That’s probably why most old folk aren’t that worried.. they’ve been through horrors before, and as a nation we must come together and be strong.

We are about to realise what is really important. Life, love and family. Political arguments at his national time of crisis are not. So from now on until we return to normal political times, Politicalite will be taking a ‘non-partisan’ editorial stance and won’t be engaging in Left vs Right, Brexiteer Vs Remainer content in respect to the crisis our nation is facing.

Now is not the time for petty squabbling over Brexit and social issues, and we still support Boris who is doing the best he can, under incredible circumstances, but he needs to start leading the nation in national crisis like Trump is in America.

For the past month we’ve been reporting on the virus as best we can, and we will admit we have been sensational… but we have never seen anything like this in our lifetimes and many still won’t accept the horror that lies ahead. 

Many of us will soon be locked down without the chance to go to work like the continent… in America, Trump is already planning to hand every American $1,000 to stay home from work and isolate in a bid to beat the bug.

President Donald Trump speaks in an addresses to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus Wednesday, March, 11, 2020, in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Boris Johnson must do more to help every Briton… not just Business owners and homeowners. People will need help to buy food, pay rent and pay bills. If the Tories are really the party of the working-class… they must step up and help the poor, and ensure they are not forced to go out into an unsafe environment to work to feed their families.

Many tradesmen are telling the PM they don’t have a 9mile screwdriver to work from home, and taxi drivers are joking they can’t drive passengers around their kitchen… get into reality Boris… and help people isolate and stop the spread of this killer bug, before it’s too late.

THOUSANDS thousands are dying across Europe and 71 have been killed in the UK at the time of writing, with that figure sure to rise within the next 24 hours, but we must remain strong and remember that this won’t last forever. 

It will be hard, it will be tough… but so are the British people. The economy will fail, a recession looks likely and thousands will be thrown into hardship… but it won’t last forever and we’ve got to pull together. 

The Coronavirus doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish. it doesn’t care if you’re black or white. Muslim or Christian… this virus targets the human race. 

We must all pause political infighting for a while, and come together as a nation to defeat the deadly Virus. 

We’ve faced adversity before, during the Second World War, during AIDS and during the 7/7 attacks. 

We have to find our courage, our vision and our national pride. 

Many commentators say the Coronavirus is the biggest global threat since World War Two. They’re right. 

We’re already rationing food in supermarkets and our streets are mostly deserted. Unlike WW2 we are advised not to go to the Cinema, Pub or a bite to eat. 

Big deal!

If it saves millions of lives then it’s what we have to do. So stop whinging and enjoy having the opportunity to binge boxsets, eat junk food on the sofa and spend time with family. 

We have to start to look at the positives despite the negatives that lie ahead, we have to stop being so soft. 

Some Asian countries are already returning to a level of normal… so it’s just a few months of lockdown to beat the bug. 

The war-time period is often used as an example by Brexiteers to explain how Brits have overcome the unthinkable.

Recently, I re-watched the classic comedy- drama “Hope and Glory” that’s set in WW2.

As you watch, you will be able to relate to the horrors a little, with the panic and fear that is now embracing Britain. 

The classic comedy-drama showed the bright side of the Blitz through they eyes by a young lad who saw the Blitz as an opportunity for adventure.

In the critically acclaimed 1987 film, the main character is a young boy called Bill, who can see a “Bright side of the Blitz”. 

World War Two changed social attitudes in Britain, women became equal more equal to men, the class structure became insignificant with rationing and a shared wartime experience and younger generation became more sexually aware with looming death on the horizon and this vision captured my imagination.

The film got me thinking about Britain’s courage the last time a foreign entity tried to dominate the UK and the continent, and how we overcame hardships.

Over 57 days and nights between 1940-1941, Britain faced down Hitler’s bombers in the skies known as the Luftwaffe.

They bombed London, Coventry, Liverpool and Manchester among other places of economic significance.

Bolton was bombed during World War Two

During one early Blitz raid in Coventry, a German bomb came crashing into the ward of Coventry and Warwickshire Hosptial.

Dr Harry Winter, a surgeon at the time, described how the staff kept calm and carried on.

Winter wrote: “Although we had only 440 beds, we had 275 patients when the raid started, and hundreds more were admitted during the night. New patients were put on top of the beds while the old patients sheltered underneath them.

“At 4am our emergency light failed as I was in the middle of an operation. We quickly rigged up an automatic headlamp to a battery set and I finished the job. Bombs were still crashing down and every few minutes hunks of earth and debris crashed against the brick wall outside the theatre. By this time no one even bothered to duck.”

London was bombed day and night, every night killing thousands, destroying thousands of Homes with looting and fires destroying many businesses, Residents sought shelter wherever they could find it, many in the Underground that sheltered as many as 177,000 people during the night.

In the worst single incident, 450 were killed when a bomb destroyed a school being used as an air raid shelter.

Failing to dampen our spirits, The Blitz came to an end on May 11, 1941, when Adolf Hitler moved to invade Russia.

Many historians claim Hitler retreated due to the resolve of Britons that was hailed at the time as the “Blitz spirit”, Britain had kept calm, and carried on.

Hitler could take our homes, our businesses, our worldly belongings, but one thing he could never take was our spirit.

He tried to starve Britain into submission and Brits dealt with rationing for over 15 years – during, and after the war.

A nation of jam-lovers survived on just 2 oz (50g) of jam per week, they were allocated just ONE egg for a seven day period, We even sacrificed our much-loved fluffy white bread for the much hated National Loaf.

Due to rationing, hundreds of newly released ‘Independent Traders’ set up shop via the Black market, within weeks of wartime rationing, enterprising Brits were selling everything from whisky to sausages at £500 a barrel.

A salesman in Cutler Street – or ‘Loot Alley’ in 1945. CREDIT: George Konig/Getty Images

 Over-priced outsourcing became was a trend and “legitimate” businessmen realised they could charge the Government pretty much what they wanted for vital services.

“The war was regarded by many businesses as a fantastic entrepreneurial opportunity,” said Professor Dick Hobbs of the London School of Economics, even in a state of war, Brits always adapt and overcome.

Nightclubs in London stayed open durning the Blitz, and a smart crowd of officers on leave and elegant women in evening dress sipped cocktails and enjoyed music as an air-raid took place.

Sadly, one night a bomb dropped on the underground club, killing some of the wartime revellers.

In one London club, one cabaret singer, actress, Florence Desmond, found humour in despair and sang: “Please don’t be mean/ Better men than you have been/ In the deepest shelter in town.” and rationing prompted the cheery ballad, “Everyone’s pinching my butter/They won’t leave my butter alone.”

Now, I’m not advising anyone to take up a life of stolen goods to survive the Coronavirus downturn, but, even in the worst of times, Britain can adapt to suit the economic demands of the country.

Most Brexit voters are older, with many having lived through the War, they understand real sacrifice and they understand what it is like to have your world turned upside down, is this really as bad as the Second World War?

It’s not hard to stay home, binge TV and spend time with family while avoiding non-essential travel. 

WORKING-CLASS BRITS NEED REAL CASH HELP 

MANY working-class Brits are unable to work from home, and Boris Johnson must go down a similar route of President Trump who is planning to hand $1,000 dollars to every American within two weeks – that’s the sort of help everyday Brits need who can’t survive ‘not working’ and going into isolation. 

Poverty should not force people to put themselves at risk, that way the virus will spread among poorer people and adversely affect poorer families if the main breadwinner falls ill.

Boris has already pledged to help homeowners with a “mortgage holdiay” and this is a bold move… but this won’t help renters –  the only way to keep people home and safe is to give them REAL CASH to survive, so they don’t have to go out and risk infecting themsleves, and in turn others. 

Our United Kingdom has sacrificed much in the past. 

This virus can try to intimidate Britain, it may kill our loved ones. but we have resolve, and we have courage.

If Hitler’s Luftwaffe bombs couldn’t dampen our resolve in 1941, neither will Coronavirus.

STAY SAFE AND STAY STRONG

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