When Rishi Sunak spoke yesterday the nation cried.
He started by laying out the worries and the fears that people had. The loss of jobs; how people will pay bills, how people will survive through this. We cried because he had heard us, he understood us and that felt overwhelming.
However this is more momentous than anyone might realise as it's not just about the actions he has taken.
When I do a talk explaining my life work and theory, ‘A Culture of Kindness’ something people often ask is, would I consider going into politics? They ask this because people understand that the theory of bringing kindness into leadership and organisation is nto fluffy but actually has the power to make great change.
Rishi Sunak has done exactly that.
With his starting line and the first five words alone he gave some hope and compassion to the people who are scared and fearful for the unknown that lays ahead.
“You will not face this alone, but getting us through this will take a collective effort……
His steps were extraordinary. Loans, grants and salary cash support amongst many other things.
He spoke to businesses, “The government is doing it's best to stand behind you and we ask the you stand behind your people. It’s on all of us.” It really is. It's about not laying in wait pointing fingers and wanting more, take the support and make good with this extraordinary offering they are taking through the adversity we are encountering.
"Now, more than any time in our recent history, we will be judged by our capacity for compassion. Our ability to come through this won't just be down to what government or business can do, but by the individual acts of kindness we show one another,"
"When this is over, and it will be over, we want to look back at this moment and remember the many small acts of kindness done by us and to us,"
"We want to look back on this time and remember how, in the face of a generation-defining moment, we undertook a collective national effort - and we stood together," he said.
There we have it folks, kindness has taken a seat in the political arena, a compassion we have not seen in the UK for so long, that can and will make major change in the way we work and live.
May kindness continue to grow, as I personally have seen in our communities and societies as we pull together now more than ever.