Gordon Brown must lie awake at nights wondering how to further humiliate our armed forces.
For some time now all armed forces personnel have had to travel second class, with the exception of the top brass who had the privilege of travelling first class.
Recently Gordon Brown insisted that our most senior military officers must travel second class along with all other ranks. According to Kevan Jones, a junior defence minister, the decision "is not intended to humiliate anyone. It is about getting value for money."
This really is a shameful state of affairs especially when MPs are still entitled to first class train travel and there are no plans to restrict first class travel for government ministers. There are very good reasons why senior officers should travel first class, not least is the jet lag factor on long haul journeys. Of course no one can avoid jet lag, but a comfortable journey goes quite a way to reducing the effects.
I know of no other western country which treats their military in this manner.
Did Gordon Brown recently travel to Afghanistan second class? I very much doubt it.
Denis MacShane, the Labour MP and a former foreign ministers said, "Surely there are limits to how much humiliation we impose on senior officers." It doesn't seem so.
MacShane recently sat next to a major-general from the Irish Guards on a packed train. He was shocked the officer and his colleagues were crammed into the compartment.
"I do not mind how MPs travel or whom they meet on the train, but it is a rum show when a major-general from the Irish Guards has to travel on an off-peak, cheap-day, standard-class return ticket to make modest economies for the military," he said.
Let's hope he told his boss exactly that when he returned to London.