What it comes down to is who is the more important? Those that can save your life or those that can protect your life? At first, that question sounds like one of those 'punch in the face or kick in the arse?' deals school bullies build their reputations on.
In the blue corner the Armed Forces, in the red the countries nursing staff, both vying for payrises and both getting them. The ones with the guns and tanks get an above inflation whopper while the nurses are not so much letdown, as pushed into a flailing plunge from a 40-storey window with a piddling below inflation rise.
"Things are tight for everyone" explained one Government minister trying to desperatly cover up the latest Government spending plans involving £3.3b for the Iraq War, £600m for a supercasino and over £650m for the 2012 Olympic stadium.
If the Chancellor Gordon Brown ever gets ill and finds himself in a Hospital his latest decision could turn out to be the most spectacular misjudgement of any Scot since Mary Queen of Scots decided to try her luck south of Hadrians Wall.
I envisage an industrial size hose and the words colonic irrigation.