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Front cover of 'The People's War' by Angus Calder, with a WW2 home guard warden on the front - a man with a moustache, glasses and a helmet with a W on the front

What the Second World War tells us about enlisting ‘The People’ in the fight against Covid-19

Boris Johnson’s announcement of strict measures to stem the spread of Covid-19 described the present as a ‘moment of national emergency’. 

Acting like a Wartime Government

‘We must act like [a] wartime government’ explained Boris Johnson in his second daily Covid-19 press conference.

The wartime analogy was woven throughout the Prime Minister’s address. Covid-19 was described as a deadly enemy, there was a direct parallel with the Second World War, and Johnson assured his listeners that ‘we have the resolve and the resources to win this fight’.

 

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