It is easy to be an armchair moraliser, perhaps most moralisers are by their nature. So I’m trying to avoid that but may well fail. But something worries me about the direction our national commentary is going at the moment. To me there is something wrong in contrasting the numbers of deaths in each country and the endless attempts on the news and in the media briefings to explain how we may not be as poorly off as we think by saying for example that we are better at gathering statistics than some countries or some other reason. Surely the simple stark numbers of the dead should be enough to make it clear that this is a disaster whatever is happening elsewhere. We may or may not like the government, and it is reasonable to question their performance as it is on any government. But no one expected to have to deal with this situation. Surely the question is, how do we work together on this nationally and internationally? How do we learn with each other about what we are facing and still might? We are still rich countries here in the west, so how as a group do we help those with far fewer resources? Are our vaccines when they come just for us or for the world? Will we be generous with what we discover? Our national pride should not be over numbers of the dead, but in what we can do for others. Not in how many we lose, but in how many people can we help save. And there should be no borders to that.