The recent award of the (Aussie) VC has got me thinking about our own honours and awards system. In particular, why there have been so few UK VCs in recent years. While it must, of course, remain the absolute pinnacle of achievement, are we really saying there have only been 2 occasions in all the fighting we have been conducting in Iraq and Afghanistan that have merited the award? Having commanded an Inf Coy on Herrick recently, and therefore been intimately involved in writing citations for some pretty outstanding acts, I know all too well how hard it is to get anything (let alone something like an MC) so my question to the Arrse masses is: has the system swung too far and is the VC just too (politically?) unpalatable to award in the UK more often??