Is it a bad thing? As someone you is very rapidly approaching my three score years and five I believe it is right and just that people can be given the choice. I have not lost my marbles. Today I could still lift five bags of Dairy Nuts on my shoulders (easier now that they dropped the weight on the bags) or work a 16 hour day. True enough bits of me are a little worn. Old zoo injuries give me some pain at times but other parts of me work better than they have ever done.
What is probably the most significant thing I could bring with me into my 66th year would be knowledge and expertise. Not from books but from life.
So today we learn that the 78 year old Marquess of Bath has decided to dismiss more than 25 of his staff of pensionable age. I do reckon that perhaps 78 is the age that we should worry about. Obviously the brain cells of some individuals have started to slough away.
The Marquess of Bath is of course the owner of the Longleat Safari Park (a zoo by another name).
Given the chop were 18 over 70, 7 over 75 and 2 over 80. To choose now to carry out this misdeed shows a deliberate plan of avoidance. Staff should be judged on their merits and not how old they are.