Thank goodness the PM has taken a more pragmatic view about the Coronavirus measures today and not pursued the potential isolation of over seventies at home for four months. This idea can only have originated from a younger and niaive generation that cannot believe life is worth living when when you get to 50 and anyone over 70 is long, long ovedue for the celestial journey and should sit tight in their care homes until the courier comes to collect them.
Perhaps Boris pondered on the practical issues of keeping his own father locked up for four months, something that was never going to happen, and so he appears to have wisely avoided this type of embarassing confrontation.
Whilst I am not quite 70 yet, I have never spent a night in hospital and my only prescribed medicine is for a condition that other younger men pay a fortune over the counter for. I am nowhere near ready to be put out to pasture and neither are tens of thousands of over 70's who are fit and healty and run some of the biggest and most successful businesses in this country. The House of Lords and Commons are overflowing with over 70's and many voluntary organsiations rely on the services of retried people to even exist.
I am with the Government on this and think it is important for people OF ANY AGE to reduce unecessary social and phsical contact with others as much as possible and take simple precautions to prevent the virus from entering their bodies.
Let us hope that those who suggested banishing over 70's to a twilight existence ponder on the fact that one day they will be over 70 themselves. Would they really miss out on the opportunities to tour China when they are 79 and come back and give presemtations (my mother), tow their boat down through France to their Spanish Villa at 81 (a client of mine) or even design and have a new home built at 82 (another client of mine).
Age is not the key factor in dealing with this virus, common sense is.