The British government's handling of the Libya situation over the weekend has transformed the political impact of the crisis.
On Thursday David Cameron was forced to say he was "incredibly sorry" for the delay in helping British nationals stuck in Libya to get home. Foreign secretary William Hague announced a review of the Foreign Office's airport evacuation procedures.
The opposition, initially tentative, couldn't help itself. Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander became increasingly critical, until Labour figures were openly accusing the government of incompetence by Friday night.
If the prime minister had been forced before parliament on his return from the Middle East MPs would have made mincemeat of him. After four days of frenetic activity, the case is altered. Cameron can be much more confident as he steps up to the despatch box this afternoon.
Over the weekend around 800 British citizens have been extricated from the violent upheavals of revolutionary Libya. The armedRead More »from Cameron’s great Libyan escape