There is something seriously amiss with the British Prime Minister. A few months back a woman called Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national living in south London, had the idea that all Brits should head out into the street on a Thursday evening at a prearranged time and either clap for an indeterminate length of time, or bang pots and pans, beat drums, play bagpipes or any other infernal noise making apparatus. Presumably, it was to somehow relate to the employees of the National Health Service folks’ gratitude for the job they were doing.
It was not the the brightest of ideas , but no doubt Mevrouw Plas had her heart in the right place.
Sick people in their houses felt worse, pets terrified by the din bit their owners, and any hospital workers within range must have considered it the most irritating and disturbing of rackets. I know many folk, who were sane enough not to take part, and said they dreaded Thursday evenings and were glad when it was over.
There were some for whom the very idea was ludicrous, a few who refused to be coerced into the mindless pandemonium every week. Even health workers were at first bemused and then somewhat irritated by the whole process. Some were heard to say it wasn’t clapping they needed but proper protective gear and equipment to do the job, and which the government was grossly irresponsible in failing to supply.
No sane person would criticize Tom Moore for his efforts to help the NHS by walking a hundred laps of his garden at the age of one hundred years. He raised a lot of money (£33million) and no doubt the NHS benefited from it. What is sad is that he felt he had to do it in the first place. Boris Johnson and his government have failed miserably throughout the entire pandemic, with the sad result that thousands of Brits have died needlessly due to their government’s incompetence.
Always the showman, Boris Johnson had the bright idea that everyone in Britain should exit their abodes on Wednesday the 3rd February at 6pm, and there should be a national clap for old Tom Moore. When the Prime Minister declares it, it behooves Brits to comply, so out they came in their thousands to applaud old Tom. They made so much noise it’s amazing it wasn’t heard in France.
Nobody in France heard it, and unfortunately the guy it was all for never heard it either. Tom Moore was admitted to Bedford Hospital on Sunday 31st January, tested positive for Covid-19, and died two days later. He was just two months short of his 101st birthday.
Boris Johnson likes to think of himself as the the reincarnation of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill never asked his countrymen and women to clap in unison for anything. He would likely have thought the idea ludicrous. He’d have been right.
Rest In Peace Sir Tom Moore. You did something for your country. So did Winston Churchill. It’s more than can be said about Boris Johnson and his incompetent crony-capitalism government.