Gordon Brown's utterly cynical decision to fly to Iraq last week had me spitting tacks. I thought this Prime Minister had turned over a new leaf, staying out of sight until he had something important to say or do. Yet this was spin and news management of the worst kind - a cheap shot to try to steal the Tories' thunder during their conference. When Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly parroted the official line on BBC's Question Time that Gordon needed to inform himself of the situation on the ground ahead of his Commons statement on Iraq tomorrow, she was quite rightly greeted with hoots of derision from the audience and every other one of her fellow panellists, and made to look very stupid. So cut it out, Gordon.
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