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We are finding out right now who the real heroes are in our communities – the carers, the army of food delivery lorry drivers who go unnoticed all year round, the stackers, the cleaners, the cooks, the hospital staff at every level, because no-one in the hospital, pharmacy or shop could function without the many many who work away, poorly paid and unnoticed until we have a crisis like this.

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Maybe now we will realise that it really is the workers doing the usually unnoticed and least glamorous jobs who are the backbone of our country and the real heroes.

It is now time for the politicians and the banks to make amends and pay everyone not working at the moment/laid off/not eligible a basic wage – not the nonsensical statutory sick pay which you cannot live on.

Winifred McCartney