Anger can be a force for change but the cruel culture on social media won’t get us anywhere

The Government is urging us to shop for Britain, but the vitriolic criticism of how many people queued outside Primark yesterday suggests there’s a right and wrong way to do this. While concerns about fast fashion are legitimate, as are worries about social distancing, there’s a nasty strand of class prejudice at play with no appreciation of why people might choose to go to a cheap shop at a time when many are on furlough or losing their jobs. Now a similar style of argument is raising its ugly head, with important discussions about sensitive, complicated topics such as education, race and trans rights being reduced to high-pitch, personal attacks that obstruct real progress. The past four months have been painful and plenty of people are stuck at home with lots of spare time (until the football starts again). Take my generation, who graduated in the shadow of the 2008 recession, and are now facing yet more uncertainty about our jobs; we still have student debt, and it’s increasingly unlikely that we will be able to afford to buy houses in London. I googled her to find she’s now working for Public Health England, which is great, as they need her intelligence and dedication, and likes eating, er, spag bol with banana on top.