The Home Office unaccountably continues to survive my best efforts to compass its abolition. On the other hand, though... Nobody ever did try to explain why the RAF Harriers in Kandahar were being withdrawn just as 3,000 British soldiers were deployed there, but the MOD did better than trying to explain it: they reversed the stupid decision, and extended the deployment until next year. Which is tough, but it beats relying on nonflying helicopters or the friendly local friendly fire merchants.
Changing course when you see an iceberg - priceless. An innovation that could be picked up in other parts of government, no?
In other news, for several days the BIS- (Irbis) callsigns have been conspicuous by their absence from the Sharjah and Dubai-Iraq and Bagram/Kandahar schedules, and do not seem to have been replaced.