So now we know. Tony Blair's big set piece speech at Plymouth on defence and the armed forces urged a national debate on defence to agree on how much needs to be spent and the acceptance of casualties in the long war against terror. Oh, and we have a choice of having either armed forces that can both wage war and do peacekeeping or just peacekeeping.
Trouble is, Blair isn't talking to the electorate and the armed forces but to the PM in waiting, the "Great Clunking Fist". Blair is rightly concerned that Brown has no time for the armed forces and would happily see them reduced to a gendarmerie. Pathetic really. You wouldn't think these two had been running the country for the past ten years and responsible for the lack of resources and shortages of equipment. And if he had a message for Gordon, why couldn't he just pop next door rather than share it with the rest of us?