The pandemic has sparked a new sense of community spirit and civic participation; the question is whether this can extend into the future.
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Nat Wei: How the internet could have been used to protect lives and livelihoods during this crisis. And how we can do better.
More emphasis could have been put on local delivery of services, drugs, and even treatment using mobile medical equipment and remote consultation.
Councillors and local churches have built up a volunteer network to do weekly shopping.
Craig Dearden-Phillips and Norman Lamb: National Voluntary Service can rebuild the social settlement after Covid-19
British society has mobilised on an exceptional scale to meet the coronavirus crisis. We must forge this militia into a standing army.
No-one wants to be thought nosey and interfering, but protecting the elderly from scammers is essential.
Plus: And a Coronavirus Social Justice Minister. Give thanks for Starmer. And: it’s time for a Virtual Parliament.
A friend of mine who runs the pub decided to turn his hand to takeaway food – delivering a meal to every vulnerable older person at no charge.
Two extreme versions of what happens next in Britain. Events are more likely to end up somewhere in the middle.
This crisis presents an opportunity for our nation and can leave an important legacy of volunteering and looking out for others.
It is worth noting that face-to-face contact won’t always be necessary: those in higher-risk groups will be able to offer support by telephone.
Amanda Milling: My message to Party activists. We can’t get busy seeking votes. But let’s do so helping neighbours.
We’ve suspended all face to face campaigning for the foreseeable future. Instead we encourage you to direct your energies towards keeping people safe.
The manifesto committed to encouraging local takeovers of civic organisations or community assets under threat – such as local football clubs, pubs or post offices.”
You may smile; how can this woman take such pride in providing a bin at a bus stop? Well, she does.
It’s a bit like the roof of Parliament’s Westminster Hall: which is held up by a lot of huge, ancient beams all resting on each other.
Ryan Shorthouse: Brexit is seeing struggle enough. Communitarians and libertarians don’t have to be in conflict.
Interdependence and independence need each other, and the Conservative Party should stand for both.