Sunday, November 19, 2006

Do we have an opposition?

If the Mail on Sunday has got it right and its story is true (and there is no reason to believe it is not - my analysis will follow shortly), then there are three men in the frame: David Cameron, the opposition leader; Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary, and Gerald Howarth, the shadow defence procurement minister. These are the people who must make the running, turning this into a serious political issue.

At least Iain Dale has got the message. But the question is whether Cameron and his defence team are going to make a fight of it – a real, stand-up fight as opposed to a few "quickie" soundbites - or whether they are going to dive for cover like the rest of the Tory girlies and bury themselves in political trivia?

And before you argue about what is and what is not trivia, upon the decisions made in the next days and weeks rest the lives of many men and women – our service personnel. Get it wrong and they die.

Make a joke out of that, Guido.

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