Got scanned a copy of Ephraim Hardcastle column in the UK Daily Mail. OCR errors are mine: ACCORDING to a recent visitor to the Army base in Basra, Iraq, a senior officer was asked by Number Ten to help organlse film of soldiers watching a TV announcement about their new special payment and reacting with delight. 'The major approached said "No".' I am told. 'Later he informed the general. saying he hadn't wanted to bother him. knowing what his reaction would be. The general agreed. But Downing Street got the propaganda shots they wanted frum troops in Afghanistan.' More fyi So which squaddies sold out or needed promotion?