Fancy a wee bit extra cash? You must do or you wouldn't be reading this.
It's rather easy really - join the military, spend six months out in the ravages of Afghanistan fighting for your life everyday and you too will receive £2,400 if you manage home alive.
David Cameron promises to increase this 'bonus' to £4,800 if he is elected as Prime Minister.
A generous gesture some may say and I'm sure it will be welcomed in military circles but wouldn't it be more appropriate if our troops' salaries were increased? As David Cameron states: "The pay they get for what they do is relatively low. We want to do more to make sure our forces have a better deal."
Another quote given by him during his recent tour of Helmand:
''I think it is very important not to send mixed messages. Instead let's say we're here to train up the Afghan National Army and Police and as soon as the job is done we can bring our troops home. But don't let's set artificial timetables.''
What does he mean by 'let's say'? Has a little touch of propaganda about it don't you think? One remark does have a ring of truth about it and that is we must not set artificial timetables. We must not give hope to families that their loved ones will be home on a specific date then follow that with multiple delays. They have enough stress in their lives these days.
Yesterday morning I was delighted to read this. Well done Mr Cameron - a master stroke. If I lived in Beckenham I'd be voting for Col. Bob without hesitation.