Today sees the launch of an intriguing new international group, The Elders. It is a collection of aging, diplomatic all-stars who will join forces to push issues up the international agenda. The cast is pretty stellar: Nelson Mandela and his wife, Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Muhammad Yunus et al.
The whole idea makes sense–even if the current crew do rather run the risk of group think–as at the same time that people are living longer, political leaders are getting younger. It would be foolish to let their expertise and knowledge go to waste once they’ve left office.
At the very least, this new club will give our recently departed PM something to aspire to in retirement.