Happy New Year! Esther's back with a special episode of Blue Collar Conversations that looks back on 2020 and forward to 2021.
Our podcast series began last year as the country went into lockdown.
We were first to break the news about the situation in care homes - the appalling circumstances these homes found themselves in as elderly patients moved out of hospital back to the home without Covid checks, the lack of PPE and the lack of care visits.
We spoke to the military to find out why they weren't being used more, why the NHS & Government weren't using their skills and talents to the full extent not just to set up the Nightingale hospitals but to run them.
We raised issues of the media coverage, asked considered whether COVID put an end to the Age of the Entrepreneur, spoke to those businesses who were falling through the cracks, caught up with University students about how they were being let down and being ripped off and spoke to teachers & Unions about the general state of education during a pandemic.
Week by week, in real time, we chronicled what Covid & lockdown did to us last year.
New Year (hooray!)... and we are back in lockdown (oh...).
To help us navigate the pessimism that 2021 is trying so hard to make us all feel about the year ahead, we're joined by former Shadow Chancellor Lord Michael Howard (01:37), the Diocese of Canterbury The Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin (12:26) and celebrity psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos (23:54).
How have they coped? What is next in store, politically, spiritually, behaviourally? And where do we as a society go from here?