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John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

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General Sir Hokey-Cokey

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Thursday, 25 June 2009 at 01:11 pm
Quote of yesterday from Anne McElvoy in the London Evening Standard, was her observation on the complaint by General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army, that  the coalition in Iraq had failed to ensure it had enough troops on the ground, "surging" the numbers when the situation demanded.

This contrasts with his view, expressed in October 2006, that the British should "get ourselves out some time soon because our presence exacerbates the security problems".

The General's comments reminded McElvoy of the old Jewish joke about a poorly run restaurant:

“Such bad food and such small portions.”