I think you will find they are right. After a push from someone else on the patch, they did mine for Mrs Sub whilst I was away last time. Kept a low profile when I came back and got it done twice more as well!!
I really don't see why mowing the lawn once a week or less is seen as such an onerous/impossible task for "wives". Modern mowers (and hedge clippers), even the petrol variety, are not difficult to use. Is it too cynical to suggest that men probably exaggerate how hard this task is to make themselves look more praiseworthy than they are? Women quite often do the rest of the gardening anyway.
If we're not expected to reallocate the domestic chores, why stop there? What about car maintenance? Shouldn't the DHE send someone round to cook "evening meal" for the husbands of female soldiers when they are away on tour?
Surely there are more important things the money could be spent on - I'll happily mow my lawn (or pay for a gardener) if the DHE will put a shower in every quarter. Plus I tend to do a better job than the contractor!
This old chestnut seems to have been around for a while. Does anyone know chapter and verse on what was called "headless Households" in BFG? DHE are meant to do a lot (eg redecorate/ new carpets and curtains), but keep whinging on about budgets. What ever happened to the charter?
The grass cutting debate is good, however, the best one I have had to date is:
'Is that the Fu**ing welfare office?'
'Well I got fu**ing flying ants in my house'
'Never mind fu**ing Oww, you poof, what the fu** are yer guna do abaht it'
(I write as it was said to give you a clear indication of what standard wife I was dealing with)
'Where are they coming from?'
'The fu**ing garden, where do ya fink?'
'Shut the poxy door then Mrs. Smyth'
In BFG if the head of household is away for more than 6 weeks then the GWA HAVE to cut the grass. i think it's tied in with some German law on untidy gardens, snow on your front path, noise between 1 and 3, no car washing, etc etc.