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Malachi O'Doherty

The problem with keeping just older people in state of coronavirus lockdown is that it lets everyone else forget about them

Malachi O'Doherty


The idea that the elderly ought to make way for the young led to crisis in our care homes, writes Malachi O'Doherty

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The argument in favour of isolating the old and letting everybody else get back to normal never actually goes as far as to say, "sure, they don't matter anyway", but that's in there

The argument in favour of isolating the old and letting everybody else get back to normal never actually goes as far as to say, "sure, they don't matter anyway", but that's in there

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The argument in favour of isolating the old and letting everybody else get back to normal never actually goes as far as to say, "sure, they don't matter anyway", but that's in there

There is an understated idea at the heart of the disgruntlement about lockdown. It is so nasty that those who push this idea are embarrassed to state it clearly in all its implication, but those that have ears can hear.

The idea is that old people are expendable.

This shouldn't surprise us. The fact that thousands of deaths went virtually unnoticed in care homes, that nobody at the start of the spread of the virus even thought to protect those homes, is itself symptomatic of a cultural preference for shoving old people out of the way.