What a funny day today has been. Hegel always said history repeats itself, and then the National Archives releases documents showing that 30 years agio Callaghan was willing to resign over a ptoential strike from the Police about their pay rise. Then, just a few moments ago, Hazel Blears' Department for Communities and Local Government puts out a press release titled "Helping soldiers into homes". The announcement has been made by Yvette "I get the taxpayer to cover my whopping great second mortgage ha ha ha" Cooper.
So what's the Hegelian connection? Well as soon as I read the thing all I could think of was "Homes Fit For Heroes" in the early 20th Century. That was a load of hot air and bollocks too and led to the creation of huge slums and sink estates. The rather irritating thing is that it's a pathetically transparent piece of spin. The press release says that the commitment is "further demonstration of the Government's ongoing commitment to our Service Personnel."
The fact that they feel the need to stress that it is a "further demonstration" tells you everything you need to know. Firstly, that the announcement is cosmetic. Second that they're on the ropes about the military and it scares the shit out of them.
N.B. Is it just me, or does Cooper have teeth like a chipmunk/beaver?