Anyone who joins our Armed Forces deserves and receives my deepest respect. Anyone who puts their life on the line in the call of duty, is a hero to me. And any politician who plays 'cynical games' with these Armed Forces attracts my deepest disdain. Enter Gordon Brown, our 'moral compass' Prime Minister. I was utterly disgusted when he visited our soldiers in Iraq to announce troop withdrawals last October, in an attempt to overshadow the Conservative Party Conference. At the time. I thought that this brazen cynicism opened the door for the disastrous collapse in Gordon Brown's opinion poll ratings, which started the next day.
Now we find, if today's Telegraph report from Basra is true, that the troop withdrawals that he announced are not going to materialise anyway - at least when he said they were going to. Liam Fox, our increasingly impressive shadow defence secretary is quoted as saying
"The Prime Minister's announcement of troop withdrawals from Iraq have amounted to nothing more than classic Labour Government spin at the expense of the welfare of our Armed Forces and their families".
As Churchill might have said, "Some morality. Some compass".