The British press continues to fetishise World War 2. It debases the memory of those who really did put their lives at risk to fight the evils of Nazism.
This woman would have been a toddler during the blitz. Social distancing, masks, and lockdown are our covid air raid shelters, our blackout. People back then did what was right to stay safe. They listened to experts and pulled together. This trite nonsense in the Telegraph is the exact opposite of that.
Bombs aren’t catching. You can’t spread the Luftwaffe by coughing on someone. As a nation it’s time we stopped treating as gospel the words of those who were too young to have fought in WW2 and who often repeat the trite unhistorical version of folk memory and post war cinema.
The people who fought the Nazis are almost all gone. It was 80 years ago. Yet many born during or after the war act like they fought in it and sections of the press treat them like they did.
The irony is the Telegraph is the schwerpunkt of a generation whose political sympathies lie more with our WW2 enemy.
What we can learn about world war 2 is how a nation worked together. How people looked out for each other, protected each other. How systems were put in place to ensure children got enough to eat. Everyone carried a mask. When bombs fell people took shelter, they didn’t stand in the street refusing to surrender to high explosives.
Jingoistic rhetoric is no replacement for science and expertise. I feel sorry for this granny being used in this way. Being used by the billionaire Telegraph owners who are terrified what will happen to their vast commercial property portfolio if everyone works from home.
Public policy on a global pandemic should not be made by people who think they fought a war as a baby. Nor should it be made by me. I know bugger all. We should listen to the scientists and doctors who do have the expertise.
The Telegraph acts like it is the heir to Churchill, but really it owes much more to William Joyce.