As I wrote on this blog a few days ago I strongly support the idea of clapping for all of our NHS and other key workers every Thursday evening until the high profile impact of Coronavirus comes to an end in our nation. I also hope that along with every other ill person such as Michael Rosen and Jimmy Greaves pictured alongside Boris Johnson and his own families, that they along with the other ill politicians and thousands of people suffering from COVID-19 will recover very quickly and fully and that all of those people and their families will feel supported by our nation and our Government. Sadly we have already read about far too many deaths in the last few weeks and if a hand clapping activity would stop the deaths continuing, then all of us would no doubt be quick to do so. I would argue that when I and many other people clap hands on Thursdays for key workers that the noise and actions are intended for the sick people and their families who live nearby as well as our neighbourhood key workers including any Police Officers who pass down the road when everyone is on their doorsteps making a bit of a noise for a few minutes. However the idea that last night our whole nation should have clapped in order to try to communicate with just one ill individual who is inside an ICU in SE1 or even for his families makes no sense unless one of his families lives in the area where the clapping could have been heard!
For a range of reasons Boris has played a very significant role in the UK since July 2019 and it is vital while he is unwell and during his recovery period that a different form of decision making is created to run our nation. Indeed as I wrote on Saturday the call from Boris for the other political party leaders to sit down together to address the C-19 challenges seems to be a very good match for what we now face as a nation. Given that he is unable to host such a meeting, it must be possible for Dominic Raab and Rishi Sunak to take on that role for the next few weeks with the help of Keir Starmer and the leaders of the other parties. Indeed on Thursday evening along with the clapping, I suspect that throughout various neighbourhoods a range of ideas could emerge and it would be worthwhile for all of the MPs in our Parliament to begin to listen to the ideas that are coming from their constituents as well as listening to the clapping and pan banging!