A colleague of mine who has recently returned from the Falklands has told me that there are some arbitrary rules differentiating between singlies and pads and some unfair taxes being levied. Apparently singlies cannot buy spirits, but pads can. Pads have access to the Bulk Store, but singlies can only buy over the bar in their respective messes. Additionally, there has been a £2 'welfare' tax placed on cigarettes (but not other goods). Is this a case of the chain of command exceeding its powers? I know that BFFI is not operational, but it is 'austere', and therefore has tax free status. Are senior comds/staff allowed to make such decisions (seemingly based on their own prejudices) or are these illegal restrictions?