In this, our twelfth Observatory Sighting, we share stories of ‘pissedoffness’ and explore some of the differences between this lockdown and the last one.
We noted this growing sense of disillusionment and conspiracy in our last Sighting. Recent research sustains the observation. Hope Not Hate for instance have reported that 17% in the UK believe the virus was “intentionally released as part of a depopulation plan”. It is wrong, however, to imagine that this distrust and suspicion is all a consequence of Covid. The pandemic entered our national life at a time when the country had already been divided by Brexit and a prolonged period of austerity. 70% trusted others in their neighbourhood in 2012. This was down to 56% by the start of 2020. Covid briefly arrested, may even have temporarily reversed, the trends but it will take a more sustained effort to heal the deepest divisions.
We notice a widespread feeling that this national lockdown is different from the last one.
And on a lighter note…
Finally too much of the rest of this Sighting has been about pissedoffness. We end with the inspiration of an 8 year old.
Thanks to this week’s contributors
The Observatory is a voluntary collaboration led by the Relationships Project. We are dependent on the eyes and ears of our observers and partner organisations and we need more.
The voices heard this week include Avril McIntyre, Noreen Blanluet, Jane Williams, Daria Cybulska and Hannah Hoare.
As part of our open call to Share your Story, we received this #SpiritOfLockdown account from Frauke. Frauke set up and managed a local Whatsapp group in her community which Basil the dog played a big part in, keeping spirits high and helping forge community...
As part of our open call to Share your Story, we received this #SpiritOfLockdown collection from the Local Area Coordinators in Swansea. These seven people tell us about their experience and their journeys of the past turbulent year.