RE-IMPOSED restrictions are a bitter blow. Hardships had been borne stoically but gatherings with family and friends were a blessed relief.

Friends were due to visit me who I’ve not seen this year, but instead it’ll just have to wait. But it must be this way, as the risks to us all, and especially the vulnerable, are too great. It’s not just the elderly, though, who are suffering.

Youngsters are catching the virus and need to ca’ canny. Young men can think themselves immortal but they’re not.

Death may be spared but long-term complications can be serious.

But it’s hard for the young, as well the old. School curtailed, an exams debacle and freshers’ week all but abandoned.

My own stepdaughter had just headed off to Aberdeen only to find herself in lockdown in halls. Yet that first break from home is a momentous occasion.

I still have a close friend who I made my first night away in residences. Two frightened laddies from small-town Scotland teamed up and, 44 years on, remain close.

We keep in touch and I’ve watched his family and career blossom. Moments like that are to treasure.

I’m sure youngsters will still have fond memories, but I can’t help feeling sorry for them.

Additionally, I can’t help feeling that the universities could have done more. It’s not cheap in halls, with some even paying tuition fees.

In parliament, I fear the Chancellor’s announcement to save jobs is entirely inadequate. Earlier in the week I challenged the Prime Minister. This isn’t a health but a political decision.

In the 1980s, mass unemployment was unleashed by a Tory Government when jobs could have been protected and a change in industries managed.

Once again, Tory government policies are going to see people suffer as unemployment rises, with all the hardship it brings.