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Thursday, 21 June 2007

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He'll get a badge

Thousands of conscripts who were stuffed down coalmines during World War II will receive a 'special honour' for their endeavours, outgoing Prime Minister Tony Bliar has said.

Mr Bliar told the Commons the "Bevin Boys" would be rewarded with a cheap commemorative badge with the inscription "Thank You For Mining".

More than 48,000 men, women and children were forced down the pits to tackle coal shortages, and were named after the slacker that came up with the idea, Minister of Labour and National Service, Ernest Bevin.

In yet another display of national gratitude, Mr Bliar also announced that members of the British Armed Forces who had lost their lives in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan would also be honoured, again with badges, this time with the message "Thank You For Dying".

Soldiers still cowering for their lives in those dusty hellholes will receive a certificate bearing the Prime Minister's signature and the kind supportive message: "Shut up and keep your heads down!"

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