Winston Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames insisted comparisons between World War II and the current coronavirus pandemic are incorrect. Sir Nicholas admitted Britons have been asked to make sacrifices much as they were during the conflict but for a far smaller period of time. The former Conservative MP also praised the British public for showcasing a “spirit of unity” in efforts to see this crisis through together.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain ahead of VE Day, Sir Nicholas said: “I think it’s a very different time.
“We haven’t gone through five and a half years of a really serious hard time but it is true that what this COVID-19 has produced is a feeling of unity and pulling together.
“Which I think is a very British characteristic when faced with a tough time.”
He continued: “We usually talk very freely of the Blitz spirit but this is something that is happening in the whole country, and the whole country is aware we have to pull together to get this thing done.
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“To that extent, I think it’s a comparable moment in that we are able to celebrate the fact this country has come together to deal with this terrible problem.”
Sir Nicholas’ comments came after many political figures compared the fight against the coronavirus outbreak to one of the worst “battles” Britain has faced since World War II.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in April branded COVID-19 “a threat to everybody in the world” and insisted no crisis experienced in the past 75 years could compare.
A UN report described the pandemic as a “global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations, one that is killing people, spreading human suffering, and upending people’s lives.”
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