Listening to 6Music this morning, the news came on at 07.30 and the first item was a summary of this piece’ about the devastating impact of Afghanistan’s opium monopoly (it says here an astonishing 92% of global production), despite (discuss) the best efforts of coalition troops in the region.

I am glad to note that my license fee is funding some sort of bitter ironist in an editorial role at the Beeb, because that news item was followed by the announcement that Dame Vera Lynn and others were launching the British Legion’s 2009 Poppy Appeal.