DURING the period of lockdown, a number of people have commented that the Covid 19 pandemic has brought out both the best and the worst of human behaviour.

Sadly, I must state that this is an assessment with which I disagree.

What this situation has done is to highlight the inner nature of certain groups and individuals.

Yes, some have exploited this period to their pecuniary advantage: Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for dentists has increased up to tenfold; in the early stages toilet rolls, antiseptic gel, face coverings and more were on line at grossly inflated prices.

None of this, however, was the action of those who previously behaved honourably. Their exploitation of others, including the most vulnerable, was indicative of their exploitative nature.

Similarly, the church and other groups have risen to the needs of the situation with extended food banks, provision of toiletries, needful protection, etc. But that is just what they do anyway. All that has changed is the degree of need. They cared because they are caring.

NHS frontline staff are not heroes because of their response to Covid; their response to Covid is because they are heroes.

Individuals, too, on both sides have acted in line with their nature.

0ne item of news, however, has struck a chord with me quite forcibly.

A number of the world's wealthiest individuals have called on all governments to tax them more.

They say that they can afford it, which is undoubtedly true but their plea is one that should be applauded and heeded.

Others, equally wealthy have not joined the chorus. Surprise, surprise.

That is the good news; the question is if it will be put into action. I truly hope so but, frankly, in the current political climate do not have high expectations

Alan Hickman