I refer to the Express editorial (May 3) emphasising the country’s need for civic and political collaboration in fighting the Covid-19 attack. As you also do, I commend United National Congress MP Dr Lackram Bodoe for once again offering his party’s willingness to partner with the Government in dealing with the pandemic.

The virus is quickly mutating and spreading across the country, and we must mobilise and inspire our citizens to do what is required. In this regard, it will be a noble example if the government and opposition join forces in managing this unprecedented disaster.

This joint effort will help increase the effectiveness of our decentralised health centres and regional corporations in the all-out mobilisation and services required. This is an opportunity to bring out the best in us, to demonstrate that we are not “Westminster prisoners”, but we can override the partisan barriers when the lives of all citizens are at stake.

Both parties taking the high moral ground now will help calm the fears now experienced from both the pandemic and escalating crime. The statistics from both are increasingly frightening.

Professor (Emeritus) Ramesh Deosaran

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It is easy to understand why members of the fishing community may consider themselves victims of a double-standard that places less value on their lives than on others.

The extended curfew hours recently announced for June 19 and 20 is our Government’s way of doubling down on the current state of emergency (SoE) which has been in effect since May 15.

Many commentators are highly critical of the Government given the high debt held at present, particularly so, as the Minister of Finance has told us that the Government is short of money and had to revert to both the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF) and borrowing to continue to run the economy and support those disadvantaged by the pandemic and the continuing recession. 

This Friday most of the eyes of the cricketing world will be focused on the commencement of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, in Southampton, England.

If the Muslim community could quietly and sensibly deal with the cancellation of its Eid ul Fitr holiday festivities at the end of Ramadan, what is wrong with the labour fraternity?

May I first apologise for inflicting these thoughts on your good selves, and explain that I’m sending them to the newspapers not in order to gain wider notoriety but in acknowledgment that two out of three may very, understandably, have far better use for their space.