Dejected caller stays in London for Christmas to 'do the right thing'

20 December 2020, 14:09

Caller 'couldn't live' with herself if she gave Covid to father

By Seán Hickey

This caller told LBC of her heartbreak after learning that she couldn't go home for Christmas, but was determined to do the right thing.

Renata told Tom Swarbrick that she bought tickets to fly to Poland to see her elderly father over the Christmas on Saturday. By the time she had printed off her boarding pass, her husband told her London had been moved to Tier 4 and she couldn't go.

"The whole situation makes me very confused," the caller said. She branded the whole furore "a traumatic experience overall but I think it's the right thing to do," to stay in London.

"I'm happy to stay here and do the right thing."

She was reassured that her father's neighbours would look after him over the holidays in her absence. "We've got an incredible community there," she beamed.

Read More: Sadiq Khan's plea to Londoners in Tier 4: 'Stay in London, follow the rules'

Colonel Bob Stewart on PM's difficult decision

David Lammy's instant reaction to tier 4 restrictions

Read More: Covid-19 crisis in numbers: LBC brings you the stats you need to know

Renata told Tom that the decision was a no-brainer for her: "Imagine if I went from London with this new type of coronavirus and I would infect him, I just wouldn't be able to live with the guilt."

"The assumption you've got it is a helpful place to start," Tom said, applauding the caller's level-headedness.

The caller went on to note that her father supported her decision: "When I explained to him the announcement," she said her dad insisted "it just makes sense," for her to stay in London.

Renata insisted it was a necessary sacrifice "for future Christmases to be celebrated with people you love."

Listen & subscribe: Global Player | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify

More Tom Swarbrick

See more More Tom Swarbrick

Mel Stride has backed the PM

Rishi Sunak has 'absolutely not' betrayed nation over Rwanda plan, insists minister after Braverman's attack on PM

Tom and caller

'Our family is there': Mother shares heartbreaking experience of being a British Jew during Israel-Hamas conflict

The ban will be brought into effect in months

'Children should be in the classroom to learn': Gillian Keegan orders 'blanket ban' of mobile phones in schools

Exclusive
Tributes have been paid to Elianne after she was stabbed to death in Croydon

Fellow pupil of schoolgirl stabbed to death in Croydon describes heartbreaking moment students were told of her killing

Scotland's first safe drug consumption space set to be openned

'Isn't this just decriminalising heroin?': Tom Swarbrick questions Labour MSP over first safe drug consumption room

The education secretary discusses educational reforms with Tom Swarbrick

Shadow education secretary says 'Building Schools for the Future Programme' would have prevented Raac crisis

Tom Swabrick

'Is it not completely mental?': Tom Swarbrick astonished as schools shut due to crumble-risk concrete before new term

Exam results

Equation sheets given to GCSE cohort in attempt lessen reduced grade inflation blow, schools minister says

Crime commentator on Adam Provan

Internal review of rapist ex-Met officer is the equivalent of 'marking your own homework', says crime commentator

Education Secretary discuss new Eton free schools on LBC

‘Bailed out by Eton’: Education Secretary discusses new free schools with Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick

Exclusive
Lord Edward Garnier has called for a public inquiry into Andrew Malkinson's case

Top lawyer blasts Andrew Malkinson rape case as the 'worst miscarriage of justice of the 21st century'

Suella Barge

Suella Braverman can't be blamed for housing migrants on barge with Legionella, ConservativeHome editor says

Tom Swarbrick on mortgages

It would be 'manifestly unfair' to use taxpayers' money to subsidise mortgages, Tom Swarbrick says

Tom Swarbrick

'It's a case of Ulez you lose', Tom Swarbrick tells Tory chairman as Conservatives retain Uxbridge seat

Tom on JSO

'Am I complicit in a Holocaust?' asks Tom Swarbrick, as Just Stop Oil compares oil and gas giants to Nazis