Sir Roger Gale is one of Parliament’s older MPs, and is currently following Government advice to self-isolate and stay indoors. But the 76-year-old believes other people of a similar age may not heed the advice due to their upbringing during and after the devastation of World War 2. Back in the mid-40s and early 50s, when most 70 year olds were growing up, a wartime spirit was instilled in all Brits as they continued to try and carry on their life as normal.
This, despite the fact they were faced with the hardships of things such as rationing.
That, though, did not dampen their spirits as many continued with life as normal to show off a united front as Britain began to rebuild itself after successfully defeating Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.
And now, decades later, Sir Roger explains that it is the same group of people, who now need the support of the younger generation to follow the strict rules of isolation, that may be tempted to continue in that “keep calm and carry on spirit”.
Previously, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn explained that despite being 70 years old, he would continue to go to Parliament in a bid to keep questioning Mr Johnson over topics ranging from coronavirus to Brexit.
Sir Roger, the MP for Thanet, said this spirit was evident within Mr Corbyn due to his age.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Sir Roger said: “Jeremy and I are of an age where we are by implication of the wartime generation.
“We were babes in arms during the back end of the war, so we have grown up in the knowledge of what happened in the war.
“Our natural instinct, therefore, is to not let things like this beat us. We’d normally say you’d carry on and do your job.
Mr Johnson’s move came after thousands of people were seen not taking his advice last weekend of staying inside.
Instead, people took to the seafronts of places like Brighton and Whitby, refusing to obey the social-distancing requirement needed to stop the virus.
People aged over 70 are considered to be more vulnerable to the killer coronavirus, with many of those who have died in the UK aged over that threshold.
They, along with other vulnerable people, including those with diabetes and who are pregnant, should remain at home in a bid to ensure they do not contract the virus.