In the meantime, the Sydney Morning Herald put a curious slant on the C-in-C’s visit to Iraq. We may wonder why it was published at this time.

The Herald led with the strangely timed page one story under this dramatic headline: “G-G’s relative in high-risk Iraq contract”.

This was about a relative, formerly in the SAS, who had subsequently worked with a security firm in Iraq. Drawing a long bow indeed, the Herald argued that if he had been taken hostage there would have been the potential to embroil the government in a drawn-out hostage crisis.

However, he insisted that he had gone to significant lengths to conceal his identity and links to Major-General Jeffery. The Herald sensibly did not publish the man’s name.

Unusually, only a summary of the story appears on the web with an indication that the full report was only available in the  print version.

Until next time,

and Happy New Year,

David Flint