SIR – I am 70 years old and in receipt of a state pension and a small work pension.
There are millions in the Covid vulnerable category who are in this relatively comfortable position because they also receive a pension.
So I suggest that we do something radical to deal with this pandemic and my suggestion is that all those in receipt of a pension and by virtue who fall in the vulnerable category, should isolate for three months.
Then the rest of the population can go about normal business and take their chances, which are apparently less devastating than for the rest of us in the older, but financially comfortable category.
We can get food delivered, so the only real hardship is not seeing younger family and a curtailment of our outdoor life. I think a sacrifice has to be made to deal with this pandemic.
Working-age people facing unemployment shouldn’t have to.
There are of course exceptions to the above which need to be thought through, e.g. younger vulnerable people and people of working age who have to look after the vulnerable, and some others who may fall through the net – but certainly not as much help as would be required by propping up businesses and their workforce, disruption of education and so on.
Drastic times need drastic measures and I only propose this because we get an income through our pensions, so it should be bearable for a short time.
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