After 18 months in the job at the age of 77, Dame Joan Bakewell has decided to step down from the role of Czar for Older People.
What is the role about?
What are the outcomes to be achieved?
What has been achieved by the Czar so far?
Certainly there has been a lot of discussion about the elderly in the run up to the 2010 election, but all the promises have amounted to nothing. The proposals have all been kicked into the long grass of a Commission. A Czar without power or even influence is not a vehicle for social policy and can achieve very little. Will a Commission fare any better?
If the Czar is just a figure-head, who should be the next Czar?
How about the Queen, she qualifies age-wise and has the status to command a Royal hearing?
If not, how about Dame Vera Lynn if she can get in the hit parade at 90, who knows what more she can do?
Alternatively, a younger but ageing rocker – Roger Daltry, from The Who could talk about “my generation”?
Or how about Cliff Richard on a concert tour at the age of 70 – he could put new meaning into “The Young Ones”.
Joanna Lumley, certainly stuck it to the Government on behalf of the Gurka’s perhaps she would do an equally belligerent job for all old people?