Dawn Neesom: Matt Hancock risks making young people feel like murderers

The man who puts the cock into ­Hancock warned us all this week that we shouldn’t “kill our grannies”.

Which is brilliant advice, NOT. And I have to point out that currently on the list of people I’d like to bump off, my nan is way down at the bottom. After most of the current cabinet.

I mean, seriously, what kind of scare-mongering, patronising guff is this?

The last thing this country needs is more anxiety and terrorising. We know that older people are more vulnerable to coronavirus, you useless puddings.

What we don’t need right now – or ever – are pensioners being made to feel they’re going to die every time they step out of their front door or youngsters being made to feel like murderers.



Especially as you’re trying to get us all back to school and work at the same time.

The message about protecting our vulnerable is of course important but the way our Health Secretary is going about it is like something from Black Mirror.

Who in their right mind thought hammering home the slaughter of grandparents was a good idea? Someone whose grasp of mental health issues was probably gleaned from the Beano but just the pictures, not even the words.

What all generations need right now is strong decisive leadership that is ­capable of emphasising the positives as well as screaming hysterically about the negatives.

Blaming “affluent young folk selfishly partying” for the recent rise in infections like some demented Dr Death, without giving any qualifying facts, figures and ­statistics, helps no one. Why doesn’t this Government give us a balanced picture?



Why screech about second spikes, lockdowns and cancelling Christmas but not ­nuance it with the number of tests now being conducted and the number of hospitalisations and deaths being level?

Never thought any of us would want this but it’s time the Government started those public telly addresses again just to explain what the hell was going on without the hysteria.

Because, let’s be honest, all this stick and no carrot isn’t working, is it?

Kids are, understandably, trying to party their way through their depression and ­confusion, while golden oldies are literally ­losing the will to live.

With no endgame in sight, no positive strategies, is it any wonder all of us are starting to think “sod it”. We need a cool, calm head to explain that doing a, b and c will mean that we come out of this together.

Most of us ARE doing our bit. Social distancing, hand washing and even mask wearing ARE working. But all we hear about even with those is the bad stuff.

Why not a slap on the back rather than a slap in the face?

We do all know the basics, even the generation of youngsters Hancock is now portraying to be bunch of mass murderers.

Of all the tosh to come out of this mad year, being told we are killing our grandparents possibly one of the most damaging. We need to be treated like the adults we are, not naughty five-year-olds who can’t tie our shoelaces.

And all the time we have the threat of another nationwide, economy-destroying, suicide-increasing lockdown hanging over us. Give us hope and we’ll work towards it. It’s out there because other countries have finding it perfectly well.

Mind you, they’ve also sorted out testing, quarantines, PPE and read the how-to-be-­positive manual.

Even Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief ­medical officer for England, is using infantile language, warning darkly of a “bumpy ride” ahead unless we’re all good little boys and girls. Well, stick that and give us the respect we deserve. And let’s not forget that when it does come to killing grannies, our young folk still have a long way to go to equal the Government’s toll.

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