Ensconced in the pub last night - as I do from time to time - I was asked by an acquaintance a question that, it must be said, has left me somewhat baffled - and one that I (for once) could not answer with confidence. Whenever the Dear Leader pitches up at some Godforsaken shite hole in Iraq or Afghanistan, there's invariably a throng of starstruck squaddies beaming with delight in his presence. The question I was asked is this: If Bliar's the loathed cnut that you say he is, then why are all the squaddies queueing up for happy snaps and handshakes? Fair point, as there does seem to be an unhealthy amount of bonhomie and lack of utter contempt. True, there's the odd condescending sneer, but they seem to be a rare thing. So, is the Celestial Navigator truly a God, adored by his legions of righteous warriors? Or, is he the total cnut that he is portrayed as on countless ARRSE threads? I suspect the latter. And the best answer I could give the questioner was that if they didn't look totally and utterly enthusiastic and enthralled by Der Fuhrer's presence, then the CO would ensure it was shite-burning and stagging on for the rest of their careers. Am I correct in this assumption? I bloody hope so!