Clap for 🙏🏻Our NHS🙏🏻


Every Thursday at 8pm in England, people are required to lean out of their windows and applaud. Dalrymple does not join in. He writes:

I find the gesture empty and kitsch, as well as mildly intimidating. If you do not join in, does it mean that you do not appreciate the health workers and are therefore not a decent, grateful person?

He has noticed a tendency for the applause

to last longer, and for people to add ululations. I am a little reminded of the speeches of communist leaders, when it was hazardous to be the first to cease to applaud.

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  • JamieM  On April 12, 2020 at 04:17

    This ritual reminds me of the flood of totalitarian sentimentalism that swept over this country after the death of Diana Princess of Wales. Such nonsense is profoundly unEnglish.

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