We’re the lucky generation; our grandparents had it worse – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: David Tree-Booker, Sandal, Wakefield.

Covid, says a reader, is a reminder of the sacrifices made by the wartime generation.

CLEARLY 2020 has been a challenging year for many people around the world. So how on earth did people of my grandparents’ generation cope with four years of war followed by a two-year pandemic which claimed 20 million lives worldwide?

To put this into context, the 2020 pandemic has claimed 1.7 million lives worldwide so far. Twenty years later they then had to live through another World War lasting nearly six years which their children also had to endure.

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Yes, times are hard at the moment but, having been born in the UK during the 1950s, I am so grateful that I haven’t had to live through a domestic war.

Coronavirus continues to test the natioin's resilience.

From: Christine McDade, Morton on Swale.

WELL done Boris Johnson. You promised the population a five- day break for Christmas, and at 5pm on the Saturday before Christmas you cancelled that and declared Christmas to be one day only, plus putting London and swathes of the South into a new Tier 4.

Within minutes the railway stations in London were crowded with people escaping to friends and family in the North. Not a five-day break as they had intended but what has turned into a seven, 10 and possibly 14- day Christmas break.

Another complete failure.

Former Labour leader Ed Milband is now Shadow Business Secretary - and wants extra help for the wedding industry.

From: Dave Ellis, Magdalen Lane, Hedon.

AS National Food Wastage Week continues, think about what food you buy amid the threat of some fresh food shortages.

We should think first. Are we going to use that extra loaf of bread or will we eat that extra pack of tasteless tomatoes from the Netherlands?

Let the supermarkets send any surplus food to the homeless charities or food banks. And there will be less waste to go on your local council’s compost heap!

From: Bob Watson, Baildon.

HERE we go again with the Labour Party coming up with more ridiculous comments (The Yorkshire Post, December 22), with Ed Miliband stating that Ministers should set out a clear roadmap for the wedding industry in 2021.

How on earth does he expect this to be possible with the new strain of the virus becoming rampant?

These sorts of comments from the Labour Party are not helping anyone when a more supportive stance would be better to get us all through this horrible situation.

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