Well, here we are, so many weeks into a lockdown due to Covid-19. We’re reliant on NHS workers, all of them. The cleaners, the admin staff and those tending the sick. We’re also reliant on the folk who work in supermarkets, delivery drivers, the council employees who mend the roads, collect the waste from our homes, the unsung heroes, all of them doing a job that if they stopped, well, it wouldn’t be pleasant would it?

So, let’s reset what we say and think about what’s been considered ‘normal’ for the last twenty years or so. Let’s think again. Key word that – think. As is reset…

Let’s reset some of the bovine comments we’ve heard in the past about ‘people coming over here, taking our jobs.’ ‘Taking our jobs?’ Really?

Do those making these comments mean the people ‘taking our jobs’ who are working in the NHS? So far the death toll of NHS workers is in excess of 60. Looking at their names and backgrounds, it’s clear a significant number didn’t originate in the UK. Coming over here, ‘taking our jobs’ and then letting themselves die trying to save their patients. So inconsiderate.

Let’s also ignore the 60,000+ non-UK born NHS personnel who come from within the EU and elsewhere. You know, that organisation that’s full of heroes, yes that one. The workers who would have had to leave the UK soon had Covid-19 not happened.

Reset? Definitely.

Let’s reset society’s attitude towards what is known as the ‘unskilled’. Y’know, those ‘unskilled’, traditionally poorly paid and generally ignored people who work in the care sector. The ‘unskilled’ staff of one care home who have moved into camper vans so they can continue to look after their charges. Volunteering to do this although it means they will not see their families for weeks, if not months.

Reset? Yep.

What else do we need to reset.  There’s so much…

Our attitude to work – reset. 

Travel – reset.

Communication of all kinds – reset.

Politics – reset.

You’ll have your own – reset.

We must keep in mind that to reset we need to analyse and review. This will take time and must not be rushed. However, returning to what existed before, returning to what was once considered ‘normal’ is not, and should not, be acceptable. It was this version of ‘normal’ that caused the problem in the first place.

Reset? Hell, yes. End of. 

J J Mitchell

‘No one left behind’


6 thoughts on “Reset

  • 26th April 2020 at 4:28 pm

    As always, very perceptive comments. It would be interesting to run a poll of the Brexiteers to see if their opinion on the “job stealers” has changed.

    • 26th April 2020 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you, this is appreciated. I would also agree about the poll, would the result be same? One can only wonder. That the egregious lies that were told went unanswered played their part in the very narrow majority who voted. £350 million a week to our NHS anyone? Hmm, I wonder what’s happened to that?

  • 26th April 2020 at 4:51 pm

    I am not normally a cynical person but, based on past history (‘we must learn lessons’) etc, I do fear that resetting may not be all we might hope…

    • 26th April 2020 at 7:26 pm

      One can only hope. However, like you, I also fear that resetting may not be all we might hope. There are too many interests involved. I can think of both instant media and the media for example. Then we have the self interested ambition of many in the Cabinet. Does not bode well.

  • 26th April 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Absolutely agree with you. We really need to reset all our thoughts and what we considered the norm.
    However can I just add that what is all this clapping for the NHS all about? I liked it first couple of times round but now I think are we fooling them? Clapping for them to go and die. It’s so sickening that the most the UNITED KINGDOM with all its might and greatness can only afford claps instead of making sure those people are actually protected and provided for the best equipments and PPE.
    Do you remember all the protect and survive (public information films) in the cold war era, this is what’s happening to the general public all over again. We are told of strategic measures of how tone protected bug in reality no has a bleeding clue!

    • 26th April 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Interesting comment about clapping for the NHS. Insightful, Khadeja, and also quite right.

      A couple of days ago a neighbour of ours whose daughter works in the NHS wrote about their lack of PPE; that they are torn between protecting themselves and looking after their patients. Some of her daughter’s colleagues are staying at home, albeit feeling guilty about this. I would support their stand. The daughter’s view was that we should stop clapping for the NHS and stand there, silent, in memory of those who have died due to lack of preparation, short term thinking, arrogance that it would all blow over.

      As for clapping, I am reminded of the comment of a German colleague, ‘We don’t clap for our health service. We fund it.’

      A reckoning will come, but whether it will make a difference, hmmm, I’m not sure. The no clue comment also resonated. You nailed it and also made me smile. Thank you for that.


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