I'm going to raise this every time it happens, even if I bore you to death. Today the Daily Telegraph has published on its front page many of the details which will be contained in the Strategic Defence and Security Review and which be formally announced in Parliament by the Prime Minister this afternoon. Clearly they have been deliberately leaked to the Telegraph in advance.
This used to happen very often under the previous government. And those of us who believe that major decisions should first be announced to Parliament criticised them for it. A fat lot of good it did, but I had thought this government would be different. So far it hasn't been.
Some say that in the age of 24 hour news, it's ridiculous that announcements can't be made in the media. I disagree. Parliament is there for a reason and if this sort of this is routinely bypassed, no wonder Parliament's relevance to our national life is diminished.
If the Speaker takes the government to the cleaners this afternoon, he would be fully justified in doing so.