I understand that Gordon Brown's big announcement tomorrow (profuse apologies for spoiling the surprise) will be a £140 council tax rebate for armed forces personel. Well, actually, it's only for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those serving in the Balkans don't count, I'm afraid.
Some bright speark thought up this idea in Downing Street last week and the MoD were told to "make it work". What no one told the MoD at the time was that the cost of this scheme was to come out of their budget. The MoD top brass is not at all amused and is spitting tacks at being used for yet another Brownite initiatiative which won't work.
So instead of addressing the problems of housing for armed services personnel or faulty equipment, Downing Street comes up with a gimmick which doesn't address the problems facing armed services personnel and is divisive to boot. He's developing a bit of a reputation for doing this.