George Osborne is to announce that the retirement age for men will rise to sixty six. Am I happy about having to work an extra year? Most definitely not - but I do understand the reasons behind having to. George has been forced into this situation by Gordon Brown's massive pile of debt. The debt has to be paid off, or we will never recover from Labour's disastrous and incompetent spending frenzy.
On my sixty fifth birthday I will wake up and thank Gordon Brown, not George Osborne, for stealing away a year of my retirement. But I will go to work willingly in the knowledge that I will be doing so for patriotic reasons. If by working an extra year I can help the country get back on it's feet - then so be it. If by working an extra year I can improve the future for my children and grandchildren - then so be it.
I served in the Navy for sixteen years, and I will see this extra year as one more for the country. But I will NOT forget Gordon Brown.