One of those interviewed by Mishal Husain on his programme was the 77 year old, Member of Parliament and 'Father of the House of Commons', Sir Peter Bottomley. Like the General, his education had also been based on the standard upper class route of a public school for boys, in his case, Westminster School, followed by his undergraduate studies at Trinity College Cambridge. Mishal had been asking him what advice he would give the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the light of the predicted massive squeeze on living standards in Britain, predicted for 2022. His reply might have been made by a Liberal MP in the House of Commons, two hundred years ago in 1821, when discussing 'The Paupers' :
"Remember 'The Poor', but have the long term interests of the economy as the focus of your work".
"Actually, looking back on it, we did a lot. I was the Head of the Army who removed restrictions on where women could serve in the Army and for that matter in the Armed Forces. No, I think we did a lot. At the end of the day we are in a generational, cultural shift and Admiral Tony Radakin is exactly right to keep the momentum going in all of this".