Friday 21 July 2017

Forcing workers to retire at 65 is madness

Insane system makes people who love work and pay tax dependent on a destitute State, writes John Crown

Every little boy who kicks a rolled-up sock past the imaginary goalkeeper guarding the imaginary goal in his bedroom door dreams of scoring the winning goal some day in a World Cup final. Something only a little less unrealistic secretly enters the imagination of young medical and scientific researchers when they publish their first paper and dream that someday they might collect the Nobel Prize.

The football fantasist soon realises that the closest he will get to achieving his dream is to walk the turf at Wembley or Old Trafford as part of a guided tour. Similarly, the closest most researchers will ever get to the Nobel Prize is to attend a lecture given by a winner.

I had my "guided tour moment" last year during a visit to the world-famous Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, where I was part of a Science Foundation Ireland delegation of visiting Irish cancer researchers.

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