The government's anxiety about its failure to win over the public on Afghanistan is far more advanced than many of us had realised.
Armed forces minister Bill Rammell's speech yesterday provided alarming new insights into the slow-burning panic remorselessly tightening its grip on the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Rammell admitted as much himself. After delivering his strikingly desperate speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research thinktank in central London, he said his speechwriter had told him beforehand he was being "brave" in delivering the address he did.
As students of Yes Minister will know, there is no clearer way of civil servants communicating their concerns about a minister's impending folly.
But the fact Rammell pressed ahead nonetheless reflects the extent of his worries about the problem facing his department.
The "brave" remark is hardly surprising. The speech blamed the general public's growing cynicism towards elected politicians of all stripesRead More »from The MoD’s 24-hour panic