Eric King-Turner is poised to become one of Britain’s oldest emigrants when he leaves Britain to start a new life in New Zealand.
The retired dentist, who was a surgeon commander in the Royal Navy, will turn 103 within weeks of completing the 12,000-mile voyage from Southampton on the Saga Rose liner with his 87-year-old wife Doris.
Mr King-Turner said: “I like New Zealand. The way of life is much the same as here but it is not so crowded and the weather is better.
“It’s a wonderful new adventure and I would say to anyone that if you want to do something you should do it straight away.
“What’s important is that when I’m 105 I don’t want to be thinking ‘I wish I had moved to the other side of the world when I was 102.’ “
The reasons cited by most of those wanting to leave: high taxes, �the high cost of living, and high housing costs. And here’s worse news -�half of those wanting to leave are under the age of 50, and 60% are�making between $50-$60,000.00 per year.
the state is $58 billion in the hole thanks to the promise of “free” health care for retirees.
But in a way, the desire of these folks to leave is partially of their own making. They are the same ones voting in politicians that promise them the�moon, who refuse to cut spending, and who�somehow believe that “taxing the rich” is going to provide them with a never-ending stream of revenue.