If the wartime government’s approach to the terrible problems it faces had been anything like how today’s politicians, scientists and medical experts would have dealt with Covid, we would never have ended up on the winning side.
The nation was not then, like we were when the virus hit this country, faced with nightly pronouncements of darkness and doom, announced by the Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Scientific Adviser and the Prime Minister, among others.
Back then, before the advent of television, millions went to the cinema at least once a week to see feature films as well as documentaries produced on behalf of the government by the GPO Film Unit.
While Covid has been portrayed as scaring the deaths of millions of people and still having a detrimental effect on the mental health of so many, these images of war were quite the opposite.
They were designed to bring calm and reassurance at a time of great uncertainty, aiming to paint a picture of the UK weathering the storm. They often didn’t hesitate, but unlike the way the virus was portrayed, the overriding message was that everything would work out for the better in the end, that there would be light at the end of the tunnel, even if there was still so long is of it was unknown.
In my opinion the Prime Minister, whoever he or she might be in September, needs to show up and buy a copy of a 2 disc DVD set called ‘If war should come’ and spend a few hours of their time watching it .
Hopefully they should end up with a much better idea of how to deal with a national crisis than their predecessor did.
I was wondering, are Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss reading The Argus?
With any luck they will make it.
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