With much sound and fury the Telegraph's 'defence correspondent' announces that 4,000 parachute trained soldiers are to lose their £180 a month para wings allowance, suggesting that this will hit the poorest paid private soldiers. The BBC led with the news on the 6am bulletin - it fits neatly with their anti-cuts agenda, after all. In fact you have to read deep in the Telegraph piece to discern that the allowance is just being restricted to those soldiers who may conceivably be asked to parachute. For years soldiers of all ranks have contrived to add this bit of bling to their service dress and earn an extra £2k a year; there's hardly a general in Whitehall who doesn't sport the little wings. But the chances that Gen. Barney White-Spunner (pictured) and his chums will ever be asked to step out of anything more elevated than an MOD staff car are remote, and in this instance the payment of the allowance is really undeserved and should be ended. And Thomas Harding and the muppets at the beeb should try to find the word 'gullible' in their dictionaries.