After Boris Johnson’s latest U-turn, millions have had their Christmas plans shattered. Many of us know that new restrictions are needed. But did Johnson stop to think of the hundreds of thousands who work on Christmas Day?
Our nurses, our doctors and our carers who are working on Christmas Day had planned to have their Christmas get together with their families before or after Christmas within the 5-day window previously announced by Johnson. Now, that has been cruelly taken away from them. After nine months putting their lives on the line during this Covid crisis, this is heartbreaking for them and for their families.
Dr Nik Johnson, Labour mayoral candidate for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and an NHS children’s doctor, said: ” It has been a year like no other. Over the Festive season I will be both supporting and sending all my very best wishes to fellow colleagues and all key workers , particularly those who are not able to be with their family and friends due to the new Tier 4 restrictions .”
Boris Johnson and his ministers were so eager to clap for our carers, an easy gesture that doesn’t cost anything or require thought. But they are incapable of acting with empathy towards the hundreds of thousands who have had their Christmases stolen from them or following through with promises of pay rises for healthcare workers. Surely, a little flexibility would allow them to take their “Christmas Day” on Christmas Eve say, or Boxing Day? After all they have given, it is the least they deserve.