Opinion:The government has been put in an impossible situation

PUBLISHED: 08:30 25 April 2020

Cllr Michael Maurice hopes that the planners learn from the lockdown that high-rise living is detrimental to health.

Cllr Michael Maurice hopes that the planners learn from the lockdown that high-rise living is detrimental to health.


As I write this, three of the main faiths are celebrating their religious holidays. For Christians and Catholics, it’s Easter, Jews are celebrating the Passover and Muslims are about to start Ramadan. Hindu’s and Sikhs, although not celebrating their religious festivals at the moment, would normally use the time to visit family and friends.

During the Passover ceremony, it is customary for the youngest person of those assembled to recite the Ma Nishtana, or translated: “Why is this night different from all other nights?”

This could not be more poignant than this year. It’s quite probable that millions of people around the globe of all faiths and none are thinking the same, unable to get together with families and friends.

We are in the middle of crisis, the likes of which have never been seen in our lifetime. There’s hardly a family that hasn’t been affected.

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I must applaud the thousands of people who have put their own lives at risk to help others, from doctors and nurses to other front line NHS staff, police officers and ambulance crews. I am proud of the many people who have helped get food to the vulnerable. If nothing else, this pandemic has brought people closer together.

The council are doing their best to keep services going whilst dealing with the pandemic as best as possible.

The government have been put in an impossible situation. Its response has been nothing short of admirable.

Boris Johnson was in hospital suffering from this terrible disease, probably because he put the country’s health before his own health. It could have implemented a full lockdown as other countries have, but instead it asked the public to act responsibly and abide by the rules. I’m not going to mince my words: Those who don’t abide by the rules are potential killers.

One group of people I feel particularly sorry for are those who live in flats. With little chance to go out under lockdown, it must be pretty horrific being cooped up in a small area. This awful crisis should serve to be wake up call to planners and developers that high-rise blocks of flats can have a severely detrimental effect on physical and mental health.

I wish you all well, please keep safe and observe the rules.

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