Editor’s comment: Two timely reminders of what hope feels like

Editor André Langlois is allowing himself some glimmers of hope.

Editor André Langlois is allowing himself some glimmers of hope. - Credit: Archant

When the ‘rona arrived in March, I was one of the people saying it would be a year until we achieve some semblance of normality.

It looks like I may have been right - not through any deep insight, rather a stopped clock tells the correct time twice a day.

The news that a vaccine which has passed initial tests with flying colours is as good for Pfizer as the US election is turning out to be for right-leaning law firms.

But both the vaccine and the victory of Joe Biden is also great news for the world.

And Spurs were briefly top of the Premier League (which we’re going to win, by the way).

There is a long way to go for the vaccine, and this particular one might still fail, but the progress is incredible.

In the meantime, it’s vital we don’t let our guard down. This may all be over by next summer but in the meantime, irresponsible behaviour can still cost lives. Not wearing a mask indoors, without a good reason not to, is just selfish and petty. Give people space. Not to do so is just rude and will only worsen the anxiety of many.

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When we reach a semblance of normal, how soon will we forget? I’ll wager, quickly. The “Trump - did that really happen?” question is one with which we’ll all be familiar in six months’ time. Memories of social distancing and self-isolation will also fade.

Will the environment return to the top of the agenda? It needs to.

Will we have gained a reborn community spirit? Maybe.

I’ll be honest, though, more selfish prospects are at the forefront of my mind - a pint in a pub, a game of five-a-side, a trip to Guernsey to see friends and family, a sweaty gig and even music festival.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. The vaccine is not finished and Donald is still refusing to come out of his bedroom for dinner - and there are plenty of other world problems from economic inequalities to violent conflicts.

Still, a moment or two of hope can only be a good thing.