SIR – Mrs Inglis paints a rather rosy bowdlerised picture of how our population got by during the Blitz (A&T Letters, 18th September) – an Ealing Studios production with whizz bangs, as unlikely and spurious as bluebirds soaring over the cliffs of Dover.
In reality it was a grim time of spiralling crime, looting, domestic violence, desertion and a thriving black market.
The commonality between the Blitz and Covid is being a crucible for social change. Things can never be the same. A cowardly work force is not cocooning; more there is a secondary industrial revolution evolving more rapidly, necessitated by a pandemic which may be with us for some time.
Technological innovation is being exploited and the spin-off of less commuting can only be good for our stressed environment.
It might be worth considering whether our government’s back to work campaign, raising the risk of cross infection, is about the economy in general or more specifically about the threat to the wealth of hedge funds who find themselves landlords of vast square footage of redundant office buildings.
Things will never be the same – for some worse, for some better – but it’s time to look to a new future, not a mind-altered past, and embrace the better part of essential change.
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