Our soldiers are often called upon to do things that normal people would refuse. The courage and fortitude of the Welsh Guards must have been strained to the limit when they were ordered to have lunch with Gordon Brown.
The lunch was part of Brown's impromptu trip to Afghanistan, an important part of his unceasing campaign to make himself look better and CallMeDave Cameron look worse.
Imagine sitting there in the stifling heat, watching McBroon mumbling his way through some stew, bits of meat visible every time he flashed his disturbing grin.
But well done that man, Lance Corporal Dean Byfield. He asked if he could put a question to the Labour leader:
"Why do we have to pay tax while we are out here?"
Paying tax while on operations has been sore point amongst British troops. If you're being paid - by your nation - to defend your nation's interests -and you're risking your fucking life to do it - it must be pretty fucking galling to have some of that money taken away by that same nation.
And its not as if there's a lot of excess cash in a soldiers paypacket in the first place. They're not exactly overpaid: even a fucking traffic warden earns more.
And what was Brown's charming, carefully phrased, uplifting answer?
"Because you're a British employee"
Oh, that's cleared things up then. The soldiers are just employees, like those traffic wardens. Just get on with your job, pay your tax, and stop asking Mr Brown awkward questions. The government needs that money a lot more than you do, soldier.
Once again, Gordon Brown shows the sullen evasiveness that has made him the least popular Prime Minister we've ever had. Thanks, Gordo!
(You can read more about this on the BBC website. Actually, no you can't : it's not mentioned at all by Labour's tame 'news' agency.)