Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on the British to show the same “spirit of national entrepreneurship” that the past generation demonstrated during World War II in a speech this Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the war. in Europe with the surrender of the Nazis.
Johnson, who urged the population not to celebrate the anniversary on the streets, recalled how Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler made the United Kingdom “the last obstacle to tyranny”. “We have survived and triumphed thanks to the heroism of ordinary people, now old people who carried the burden of freedom on their shoulders.”
The prime minister also recalled the “450,000 Britons who paid with their lives as the ultimate victim” before stating that “since then, most of Europe has enjoyed 75 years of peace”.
“The corona virus,” he said, “requires the same spirit of national entrepreneurship, and that means we can’t have parades or street parties that we’ve enjoyed in the past.”