The Three Musketeers were gallivanting around France nearly 400 years before Covid-19 threatened to overwhelm it.
But their legendary motto is even more relevant today as coronavirus also threatens to overwhelm the UK: “One for all, all for one.”
Each one of us must be for all. By isolating as we are told, so this awful disease cannot be passed on.
And all of us must be for one. Looking out for that one person who might be forgotten in his or her isolation.
They are likely to be old, but they may be young and vulnerable. And either way, they will need the support of all of us.
It might just be a kind word over the phone or Skype. It might be fetching and carrying food or medicine. But whatever it is, we must step up to the plate.
There are already help groups forming all over the country.
An army of three million volunteers is about to be mobilised – just as the real Army has been mobilised to come to our aid in the worst crisis since World War Two.
Up and down the land, acts of kindness big and small are being performed. Most people appreciate that this time, we really are all
in it together.
Our lives are changing so fast our heads are spinning. We must recognise our lives will never be the same again.
Today, Boris Johnson tells sons and daughters that the best present they can give on Mother’s Day is to stay away from Mum.
The PM is right. It would be foolhardy to put Mum at risk, today of all days.
There are always the selfish fools. The idiots who went out on Friday night to drink the pubs dry, the shelf-stripping panic buyers who bought £1billion more groceries than they needed over the last three weeks.
They should examine their consciences and ask themselves if they are proud of what they have done.
Proud of reducing a nurse to tears because they took the last scraps of supermarket food they did not need – but she did, after a long and exhausting shift.
Proud of depriving an old lady of a roll of toilet paper because they have stockpiled all that was left, knowing – yes, knowing – that pensioners cannot afford to hoard.
But empty streets and shopping centres, and trains and buses with few passengers, show most people are following the advice given.
These are frightening times. And they are likely to get even scarier as this invisible killer moves unseen among us.
We will get through it by pulling together, displaying the same indomitable British spirit that saw off a more tangible killer 75 years ago.
It will take, as our PM at the time said, blood, sweat, toil and tears. And some of us will not be here when it’s over.
But we must all resolve to emerge better people for it.
A people truly all for one, and one for all.he
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