Happy birthday…

bomb-birthday-candlesYou’d think the fact we’re all living longer would be a reason to celebrate.  And it is.  But this silver lining comes with a big black cloud.

“Today there are 10.6 million people over the age of 65; in two decades’ time, there are expected to be more than 16 million.”

In today’s The IndependentIan Birrell considers the implications.

Hat tip to Ruth Dudley Edwards.