Peace of work: Malcolm Evans attends a QPSW Zoom course
You could have been forgiven, during lockdown, for thinking we were facing a war. The language (of front lines, heroic sacrifice, ‘We’ll Meet Again’, ‘the invisible enemy’ and, where PPE was concerned, ‘make do and mend’) showed how official public discourse is more attuned to military strategy and rhetoric than metaphors of caring, healing and cooperation. Instead of celebrating May Day and our keyworkers, we had VE Day complete with Spitfires and Churchillian nostalgia.
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