Recruiter’s Zeitgeist – Lockdown Lifting?

Published by Millie Goadby on

Has the lack of human contact just erased my mental faculties or are the new lockdown rules in the UK a tad confusing?

It’s probably a bit of both.

On Sunday Boris Johnson took to TV screens across the nation to announce his plans for lifting lockdown. Well, apparently he did. I’ve seen the video so that definitely happened, there’s a fancy chandelier and some cool looking chairs in the background, I’m just having a bit of difficulty figuring out what the plan is.


Walk through this with me.


He starts off strong, coming in with a ‘we don’t want to lift the lockdown too soon and have a second wave’, which, yeah, that makes sense. Then there’s quite a lot of waffle about the having of the plan and what the plan will be and how he’s going to tell us about the plan, building up the anticipation you know, getting us on the hook. This has been going on for a little while now, very excited to hear the plan but struggling to pay attention. Something about science. OH, something concrete – we haven’t met all the conditions so lockdown isn’t ending now. Sick. Grand. I don’t want to go outside anymore. It scares me now. 

Now here’s where it gets real weird.

So Boris says if you can work from home, work from home. If you can’t work from home you should be ‘actively encouraged’ to go to work. But avoid public transport and ensure social distancing. You can exercise more. See your mates! From a distance. And only one. You must obey social distancing! 

As many people have pointed out, the problem with this is that it’s essentially impossible? People working as Nannies and Cleaners can go back to work in people’s homes but they must observe social distancing. You still can’t have your mum come round though, unless you pay her to do the dusting. Also, many, many people can’t avoid public transport to get to work, and social distancing really can’t be enforced on these journeys – as has been proven by the pictures of packed tubes that have followed this announcement.

So maybe I’m just dumb but I’m not the only one. Papers throughout Europe have pointed out the slightly baffling nature of this announcement, especially considering the UK currently has the second highest worldwide Covid-19 death toll. The slogan switch from ‘stay at home’ to ‘stay alert’ has been met with wide-scale derision. Comparisons between the UK and New Zealand have also been common, as New Zealand are now coming out of lockdown with just 21 fatal cases, having gone into a full lockdown early on. Piers Morgan retweeted a comparison video, calling it “incredibly damning”.

In conclusion?

Unsure. All I know is if you want to have a house party just hire all your mates.

TT’s top story

Get someone from Modulr in to do the catering. They don’t really need the extra cash, seeing as they just closed an £18.9m funding round, but you do need them in your network. Anyway, it’s not like they’re going to have a better offer.

Have you heard?

Who am I to call out poor Boris on inconsistent messaging? I change this section every week. 

It’s the only bit of variety I get in my routine these days, please don’t be mad. Anyway, this time around I’m doing a podcast recommendation.

This Podcast Will Kill You: If, like me, your response to fearing something is to try and obsessively learn everything about it, this is the podcast for you. These guys take a deep dive into the diseases that have plagued humanity throughout time. Since the start of the pandemic, they’ve released 11 special episodes that will answer all the questions you have about Covid, and remind you to wash your hands.

An app for that

SoloLearn: Learn to code. Coding is a skill that will look really good on your CV if you want to use this time to enhance your employable attributes. These guys provide a range of free content, from beginner to pro.

Word of the week



the state of being watchful for possible danger.

‘The recruiter had now upped their exercise to three walks a day but they were always on the alert for any gangs of coronavirus roaming the streets.’


quick to notice any unusual and potentially dangerous or difficult circumstances; vigilant.

‘An alert recruiter abruptly turned around after noticing a rogue coronavirus down the road.’


warn (someone) of a danger or problem.

The recruiter alerted their cleaner to the coronavirus hanging out in the bathroom. “Just put on your mask when you do the toilets?” They suggested.

Dog of the week

This is Tillie. She’s 11 years old and she understands Danish. Here’s a list of things she likes to bark at: hot air balloons, aeroplanes, and the dark.

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