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Coronavirus means we really are, finally, all in this together | John Harris

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

It has taken a crisis on this scale to put paid to the divisive strivers-and-shirkers rhetoric of austerity

I saw a coronavirus banner the other day that said “Check in on your five nearest neighbours”, and I thought about Errol Graham.

Back in January, just as China’s Covid-19 outbreak was turning critical, the story broke of how Graham, a grandfather of two and lover of football, had died aged 57. In June 2018, bailiffs pursuing him for nonpayment of his rent had found Graham’s body, which weighed just four and a half stone. A coroner’s report said he suffered from severe social anxiety, and had isolated himself from even family and friends. His flat in Nottingham had no gas or electricity, and there was no food in his fridge apart from two cans of fish that were four years out of date.

We all know the basics: a population divided into ‘skivers’ and ‘strivers’, and the endless cruelties of ‘sanctions’

Related: Universal basic income is the best way to help the self-employed | Owen Jones

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Anywhere but Westminster: we need your help covering the coronavirus

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

For our second episode we want to focus on work, and what the Covid-19 outbreak has done to it. Share your experience

Anywhere but Westminster’s new video series is moving on to its second instalment. We’re working from home, and collecting video people are sending us from around the country. It’s giving us a sense of how they are being affected, and the ways individuals and communities are coming together to help each other. Massive thanks for all the footage that’s been sent in so far, it’s great, and keep it coming: anything that is inspiring, or made you laugh, or any idea you think could be copied elsewhere.

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Anywhere but Westminster: we need your help covering the coronavirus

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

For our second episode we want to focus on work, and what the Covid-19 outbreak has done to it. Share your experience

Anywhere but Westminster’s new video series is moving on to its second instalment. We’re working from home, and collecting video people are sending us from around the country. It’s giving us a sense of how they are being affected, and the ways individuals and communities are coming together to help each other. Massive thanks for all the footage that’s been sent in so far, it’s great, and keep it coming: anything that is inspiring, or made you laugh, or any idea you think could be copied elsewhere.

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Coronavirus diaries: alone, together – video

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

The headlines have so far been all about a panic-buying, lockdown-defying Britain. But in video sent by viewers and their own neighbourhoods, John Harris and John Domokos find distancing and isolation giving rise to amazing community spirit, even as Covid-19’s effects deepen

Next week we are going to be talking about the gig economy. If you have a story to tell please email us at anywhere.but.westminster@theguardian.com 

If you want to send us a video of something you are doing as part of your daily routine when you are filming it please remember to follow government physical distancing advice. Be sure to stay two metres away from anyone else. 

We do not want to put anyone at risk of either catching or spreading the virus. 

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Coronavirus diaries: alone, together – video

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

The headlines have so far been all about a panic-buying, lockdown-defying Britain. But in video sent by viewers and their own neighbourhoods, John Harris and John Domokos find distancing and isolation giving rise to amazing community spirit, even as Covid-19’s effects deepen

Next week we are going to be talking about the gig economy. If you have a story to tell please email us at anywhere.but.westminster@theguardian.com 

If you want to send us a video of something you are doing as part of your daily routine when you are filming it please remember to follow government physical distancing advice. Be sure to stay two metres away from anyone else. 

We do not want to put anyone at risk of either catching or spreading the virus. 

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