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Let's remember what we have learnt at this time - Mohammad Fayyaz

May 10, 2020 11:55 AM
By Mohammad Fayyaz in Your Chesham

Mohammad Fayyaz

This article is taken from Your Chesham, which can be seen online at:


Mohammad Fayyaz is Liberal Democrat town councillor for Asheridge Vale.

At times like this, things can move very fast, and writing a couple of weeks before publication date for next month's Your Chesham can mean that you end up being overtaken by events.

In March, I wrote all about the local elections, scheduled for 7 May. Now there will be no elections - not till next year anyway.

This month the subject will have to be the corona virus crisis, because this now hangs like a cloud over all our lives. It's a fast-moving situation but the crisis will certainly still be with us by the time this is published and for a long time after that.

First of all, then, thank you to everyone who is helping us all to get through this pandemic. Thank you to the health workers. You often have to put your own lives at risk to try to save patients' lives while lacking the proper protective equipment to keep yourselves safe.

Thank you, too, to all the other key workers who are keeping things going, the supermarket staff, the people who empty our waste bins, etc, etc.

In times like this, we see just how important your work is, that you really are our key workers. And thank you to all the people who have volunteered to help elderly, sick or vulnerable friends and neighbours.

There has been a remarkable coming together in social solidarity. At the time when I'm writing this, we keep hearing about the "exit strategy", though no one seems to know what it is.

We can't stay in lockdown forever, but how we bring it to an end without the virus flaring up again will be a huge challenge with plenty of scope for getting it wrong.

We must all learn to be patient and we must continue to support one another. They say, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste", and I believe we have to apply this to the corona virus crisis.

We must remember what we have learnt about caring for and supporting one another. Finally, take care, everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you.