Much has been made this week by Nick Clegg of the lack of a strategy in Afghanistan and equipment shortages. He has taken the high moral ground and has started questioning why we are in Afghanistan, full stop. He's right to do so.
What a shame therefore that the two LibDem members of the Defence Select Committee couldn't be bothered to turn up for a meeting this week of the Committee on Wednesday, when ministers from the FCO, MoD, Dfid and senior military civil servants were giving evidence on operations in Afghanistan. Step forward Mike Hancock and Richard Younger-Ross.
Perhaps the LibDem chief whip might like to ask them what they were doing which was more important than quizzing government representatives on our strategy and military operations in Afghanistan.