Yesterday morning I braced myself to watch Gordon Brown's performance at the Iraq Inquiry. After half an hour not even a tasty bacon and tomato roll added interest to the non-event. When the lunch break was declared my relief was indescribable.
Mr Brown will possibly be very sad to know that I declined to watch his afternoon stage show. Tidying up the shed held far more appeal.
Anyone with the slightest interest in military matters or the Iraq and Afghanistan wars knows that Gordon Brown greatly resents the Army, but today they were 'wonderful' and his well-rehearsed tributes I saw only as attempt to buy himself some votes. He'll receive none from the military no matter how much he says he's sad about the deaths in which he was firmly involved.
"Every request for money was met," he stated. What the military wanted they got. Just like that. Yet, when asked if he was aware that the military chiefs had threatened to resign over the 2004 budget he said, "I can't remember all the conversations we had." How very convenient.
He was determined we were made aware that he was 'in the loop' of decision making and yet, for the man who was the second most important person in government at the time, it was clear he had not been party to all the facts. Maybe that was Tony Blair's decision or it could be Gordon Brown had no interest. Somehow I suspect the latter.
The military top brass are hitting back today. Brown blamed them for not using his handouts efficiently - "It's not for me to make the military decisions."
Early yesterday morning John Redwood published a post 'Time to ask about wars'. I doubt if he is satisfied with Gordon Brown's answers either, but he will be aware "The right decisions for the right reasons," was the soundbite of the day.
Mr Brown stuck with the script. I suppose he deserves some credit for that.