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What would Marcus do?

13/01/21 . Blog

Whether it’s footballers, pop stars or politicians, we’re all getting a little fed up of stories about people in the public eye breaking the letter or the spirit of the rules on lockdown.

Sage member and behavioural scientist Stephen Reicher thinks these stories are counter-productive. They suggest widespread disregard for the guidelines when the opposite is true: most of us are following them. 

But does any of it really matter? Do we need ‘role models’ to tell us what’s the best thing to do in the current circumstances? Just because these characters choose to break the rules doesn’t mean we have to. Someone else ignoring the guidance is unlikely to affect my family’s health but if I do it, it well might.

Yes, it’s very frustrating that test and trace doesn’t work, that testing is still not available easily if you have no symptoms and that there’s no support for any money (or even) jobs that might be lost through self-isolating. Doubly frustrating that some other countries don’t seem to have these problems. But there will be time to point fingers later. However, for now, Covid is at its most dangerous and the NHS is at its most fragile so let’s just stay home and try to keep risk to an absolute minimum.

You need a role model? Come on, we’d all rather be Marcus Rashford than any of the 'rule-breakers'. Even the 'rule-breakers'. What would Marcus do?

Jim Pollard,

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