24

A few years ago, the then commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, "Sir John Stephens" told me he'd make me an honorary detective sergeant in "The Met". "Will I get pension rights too" I asked. "Unfortunately not" was his reply.

I read today that 20% of all council tax bills are now going to pay public sector salaries and this will steadily increase to crisis point past 2010. It makes me think that rather than having had a mispent youth, which involved an education that uncannily paralleled scenes from National Lampoon's movie "Animal House", I should have joined the police, like the four other working pilots I know, who retired and now have the benefit of a police pension as well as their second careers.

Mind you, I shouldn't complain. Today I received a nice professional reference from the FBI, ironically, from the agent who shares the same name as the special agent hero of the series "24". He really does exist after all!

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