The new Defence minister, John Hutton, has praised the idea of homecoming parades (wanting more of them) and criticised those who ‘jeer’ at the returning troops:
The public loves to see guys on parade. I would like to see more, he says. What about bystanders who jeer? Those kind of cretins are going to be out and about but they dont represent the public, he says scornfully. We shouldnt be afraid to take those people on.