Our thoughts, understandably, are with the countless families of Indian descent here anxiously awaiting news about the plight of relatives and loved ones; their sense of helplessness will be particularly profound at this cruel time.
It is also imperative of Britain – and the wider world – that the Government, and the relevant aid agencies, offer all immediate help to India, a fellow Commonwealth country which has historic, economic, social, cultural and sporting links with these shores.
In India, the bodies are piling up – literally – on the streets before they’re cremated. Here Britain is distracted by a controversy of the crassness of alleged comments attributed to Boris Johnson about such a scenario as he contemplated a second lockdown here.
The contrast could not be greater. India, a country that has seen many of its most able medical students move to the UK to work for the NHS, on its knees while James Cleverly, the Foreign Office Minister, omitted to mention the unfolding crisis when he was summonsed to Parliament to justify cuts to the aid budget. Now, more than ever, global co-operation over aid and vaccines is needed if Covid is to be overcome. It remains a global pandemic and should continue to be treated as such.