We rightly respect and admire people staying fit and healthy into their 80s and 90s (“We applaud the active old but if they carry on for ever, the young may lose out”, Comment, last week).
However, in the context of employment, this most definitely means that the young are losing out.
The selfish attitude of those such as John Simpson, imagining himself to be irreplaceable, merely exemplifies this. The government’s threats regarding pensionable age are also a kick in the teeth to youth. Surely 50 years of working life is enough; after that, get out of there! Mark Bristow Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan