Saturday, March 06, 2010

Afghan Groundhog Day

An amazing coincidence or a cynical ploy? Well, Gordon Brown is in Afghanistan on the day after his Chilcot Inquiry appearance. It's right that political leaders should see for themselves the conditions in which our troops serve, but Brown never does anything without considering the tactical advantages that can be gained politically.

It is of course all a bit of a groundhog day. Recall Brown's visit to Afghanistan in October 2007, coinciding with the Conservative conference. It was clear the visit was to knock the Tories off the headlines and was meant to be the springboard for the launch of a general election campaign. The only problem was he bottled out of calling the election. And as we all know now, the election will be announced shortly.
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