‘No one has yet designated being 70 as the new 50. Perhaps it is time to do so now. The culture is at last beginning to be more generous to the old. It has to: not only is the population ageing but the icons of the days – the models, the actresses, the footballers – are ageing too.’
I can’t say I follow the logic of Joan Bakewell’s argument – young icons are coming into the public arena all the time. But I certainly go for the idea of 70 being the new 50. And I did notice that all the people being suggested as new Speakers once Michael Martin goes are in their late 60s.