Monday 5 December 2016

Michael D, Mary Berry, Hillary, Trump - all prove age no barrier to active life

Published 26/09/2016 | 02:30

Mary Berry's refusal to move to Channel 4 means the GBBO deal is regarded as a catastrophe – more of a flop than a collapsed lemon soufflé (Stock picture)
Mary Berry's refusal to move to Channel 4 means the GBBO deal is regarded as a catastrophe – more of a flop than a collapsed lemon soufflé (Stock picture)

Both main contenders for the American presidency have faced fierce criticism - and there will be more of that this week for the TV debates. But let's give both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a round of applause on one count anyway: both of them are past pensionable age and have at least shown the world that oldsters can cut the mustard on the campaign trail.

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Donald Trump is 70 and would be the oldest person to be elected to the White House, were he to succeed (even if the prospect is somewhat alarming). Hillary will be 69 in October and would be well into her 70th year when inaugurated. So whatever their policies or their personalities, they could both be seen as role models for Active Older People, specifically for next Saturday's UN World International Day for Older Persons.

As for Bernie Sanders - the socialist outsider who has been so popular with younger voters, especially young women - he's even more of a senior citizen at 75.

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