Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces UK Government measures to assist self-employed during Coronavirus crisis, March 26, 2020
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I had a 20-minute chat with talkRADIO’s Cristo Foufas on Saturday about the implementation of the UK Government’s orders for social distancing and the state of the National Health Service as Coronavirus spreads.
We chat about responsibility, from Government to the media to public officials to the individual. We talk about coping amid the virus and restrictions on lifestyle. And we look for a bit of hope in a difficult time.
There was a 1945 moment where, coming out of that war, everybody took a fresh look at the society that bonded together in that conflict and said, “Where do we go next?” That arguably brought a great deal of progress and a great deal of decency.
I’m hoping that this is this generation’s 1945 moment — that decency and tolerance brings a decent and tolerant policy which repairs some of the damage of the past decade.
In our latest UK Week in Review, I joined talkRADIO’s Darryl Morris on Friday to assess the Government’s proposals to ease the economic shock for businesses and workers amid the Coronavirus crisis.
We look at Thursday’s announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak extending payments from salaried employees to the self-employed — but not until June. We note Sunak’s rise to influence, eclipsing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief strategist Dominic Cummings. And we have a cautionary look at the specter of Brexit, still looming with a December 31 deadline.