‘Elderly becoming dead weight on NHS’ Max Hastings LOSES IT in staggering rant on BBC
FORMER BBC correspondent Max Hastings launched into a staggering rant against older generations of Britons becoming a “dead weight” on the NHS during the coronavirus crisis as he asked people to focus on helping the youth through the pandemic.
By Aurora Bosotti PUBLISHED: 13:55, Thu, Mar 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:14, Thu, Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus: Max Hastings urges elderly to act ‘unselfishly’
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The coronavirus pandemic has widely targeted older generations of Britons and those suffering from pre-existing conditions but is now slowly spreading to younger patients. Former BBC foreign correspondent Max Hastings, 74, urged his contemporaries to ensure they do not become “dead weight” on the NHS to ensure younger people are not forced to fork out money for the extra care the elderly will need. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s World at One, Mr Hastings said: “In the short term, the most important thing is we mustn’t, the older folks, worry about the consequences, the idea of our getting ill or even dying. Promoted Story
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“We’ve had so much that we have no grounds to complain. What we have to worry about is becoming a dead weight on the NHS. So the short term, that’s got to be the consideration.
“We are a very compassionate people, we don’t face the fact that all these stupendous sums have got to be paid by somebody and I for one, when I pop my clogs, hate the idea my children and grandchildren are going to be the ones who pay.”
Mr Hastings insisted he is willing to make more financial sacrifices not to burden younger generations in the aftermath of the crisis as he urged older Britons to help to promote economic activities once the pandemic is over.
He continued: “All the forecasts say this crisis, in one form or another, is going to go on for the rest of the year, maybe even longer.
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Older Britons should be thinking on how not to burdon younger generations, Hastings said (Image: BBC)
Max Hastings said older people “have had their turn” and should help younger generations (Image: BBC)
“We must try to promote getting economic activity going again. If we, the elders, must pay an additional price for this then so be it.
“We’ve had so much and I don’t lay awake at night thinking about me or my wife dying, I think about what we are bequeathing or not bequeathing to our children and our grandchildren. And I’m terrified.
“There’s a cost for everything and the cost is stupendous of this.”
The former BBC correspondent insisted older Britons should be “kept awake at night” by the thought of younger generations seeing their future being destroyed as he dismissed comparisons between the battle against coronavirus and World War 2.
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Mr Hastings persisted: “We’ve had our turn, we should be worrying about them.
“I think there’s ground for more worry. I’ve had talks in the last couple of days with my heroine, historian Margaret MacMillan.
“Margaret believes that we may be able over a period to get over the problem with the public finances, but the bankruptcies, the corporate bankruptcies, the loss of jobs and all the economic and social disruptions are going to be absolutely devastating.
“A lot of our children are going to lose their jobs and this seems to be the best reason for us oldies to be lying awake at night in our beds.
“It’s unworthy of us to be frightened for ourselves. The younger ones are the future and we are the past.”