Clap For Captain Sir Tom Moore & Health Workers
So did anyone actually do this? It seemed quiet around here… how about an anonymous poll:
Note a similar poll on previous ‘Clap for Carers’ is here.
We did at Sainsburys HOP. The subject had been raised on the staff WhatsApp group and most were keen to do it despite reservations about the source of the announcement. I’ll say no more about that.
I announced to customers that we were going outside to clap and they were welcome to join us and asked for their patience if they chose to remain in the store. I think that everyone joined us outside. There were quite a few people clapping outside but no-one else visible or audible down the road.
Was on my way home from work in central London and all the cars in rush hour traffic were all beeping their horns, it was a really nice atmosphere.
Nobody in my block or the rest of my street came out, very disappointing though it was much the same for the Thursday night clapping last year.
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Yes please. It’s sad that the old guy died but the entire last year of his life has felt exploitative from all angles. It’s never sat right with me. Nor any of the clapping for anything.
The first time around the clapping originated in Europe and was organised in the UK by a Dutch lady Clap for Our Carers - Wikipedia
It was a genuine sentiment that was shared and I certainly participated with my family for the first few weeks. It was an odd time and everyone on the street was quite happy to see a few real non-Zoom faces every now and again.
Since then there seems to have been quite a bit of bandwagon jumping and I have to agree I’m not a big fan of this being politicised either, and judging from the poll result I’m not the only one.
Clearly Captain Tom was a proper hero and obviously I found his charitable fundraising efforts inspiring.
Not clapping for the poor bloke because the request came from the UK Prime Minister seems so sad.
But it’s a free country I guess.
Absolutely. And please let me clarify that I don’t think anyone is wrong for sharing in the sentiment of the idea. I’m just a cynical old (not old at all) fart, but more than willing to accept that people have different opinions.
Great post @promofaux . We all share different beliefs and feelings. It’s our ability to listen to others, even if we disagree with them, that makes us what we are.
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What I think is ridiculous is criticising some nice sentiment expressed at the death of a lovely man.
Captain Sir Tom Moore was a national hero because he raised nearly £40M for the NHS in the run-up to his 100th birthday.
He represents an admirable generation of Brits. Through massive adversity, he fought for his country, loved his country, helped his country, right to the end of his life - and with cheer and good humour.
He’s exactly the kind of Brit that our leaders should single out for praise.
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