Bio: I took voluntary retirement in 2009 after twenty-five years with the MOD to look after family. I have always lived by a set of principles based on love, kindness and respect. I maybe a born optimist but I am also a realist. I let common sense guide my opinions and actions. I consider myself to open minded and compassionate. On saying that, I speak my mind - stand up against injustice and fight for what I believe is morally right - regardless of politics or religion - simply on common sense and humanitarian grounds.