I think Downing Street is in complete confusion and I think the Prime
Minister has got to make absolutely clear when he knew about this whole issue.
But, to me, what matters for the Defence Secretary is he has to pass two tests.
First, he has to show he still has the confidence of members of our Armed
Services, who are working so hard for our country. And secondly he has to give a
full account of himself to the House of Commons on Monday. And I think it is
very important he does that.
This is what proper Opposition is all about - hold the government to account, show you're on the side of the people affected, and then gently stick the knife in without anyone realising you've done it.
I'm not sure I would like to be Des Browne on Monday. But just as important as Browne's performance will be that of Liam Fox. He must not go over the top in his language, yet he needs to make clear the seriousness of Browne's crass decision. It should be an interesting afternoon.