GMB guest sparks furious ageism row over claim youth ‘don’t understand’ social distancing

GMB guest sparks furious ageism row over claim youth ‘don’t understand’ social distancing

“We all remember being young. It’s longer ago for some of us than others but there are hormones. When you’re young the world is there for you to take.

“I’m saying young people don’t seem to understand anything about social distancing.”

She continued: “One of the charming things about the younger generation is that they’re very touchy-feely, they hug each other a lot so this had to come to a screaming halt.

“Well, the Government’s mixed message is the problem, nobody understands what’s going on, the facts have not been laid down when they should have been.

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“But young people are not being responsible because they are not suffering from the virus the way older people are.”

Her comments however sparked the furious reaction of viewers, who took to social media to express their opposition to Ms Myskow laying part of the blame of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases on inattentive youngsters.

One user wrote: “Young people make up the majority of the workforce in catering and retail, coupled with making them go back to school, college, uni etc. Can you really blame them solely? We can only do what we are told. #gmb”

Another added: “Yes it’s all OUR fault for using a scheme designed and introduced by the Government and taking their guidance. Well done. You’ve fallen for the oldest trick in the book by turning on each other. F****es. #gmb”

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Larissa Kennedy, the president of the National Union of Students (NUS), also hit back at Ms Myskow insisting young people could not be put “all in one pot.”

Ms Kennedy said: “I think it’s interesting we’re using this strange, anecdotical evidence about young people supposedly touching too much, or whatever argument that was, to try to put the blame on young.

“In fact, you cannot put young people all in one pot. I’m hearing from immunocompromised and disabled young people and students who are equally worried about this virus.

“To be honest, I’m wondering which young people the Government is trying to blame? Is it the young people who’ve just qualified early from their nursing degree to help save lives in the NHS?

“Is it the young people working in the supermarkets to literally keep us accessing food and other resources? Or is it the young people who have been setting up mutual aid communities to make sure that everyone is able to stay safe?”

She added: “It really raises some questions about how this Government is trying to put all young people in one pot rather than taking blame for their own policies which have caused this spike.”

Published at Thu, 10 Sep 2020 07:54:00 +0000