Do my eyes deceive me? BBC have just reported that Blair will make an announcement on troop withdrawal tomorrow. Up to 1,500 troops out within weeks, apparently.
This is a very far cry from what he said a few weeks back, when Ming proposed a withdrawal timetable. In late January, the official line was that a withdrawal would send a "disastrous signal".
Not much to say now - I'll write more during the week, once the announcement's been made and we know what he's actually proposing. But this is a bit of a surprise, to put it mildly.
EDIT: the BBC have just updated their article - "BBC political correspondent James Landale said: 'We have been expecting an announcement for some time on this.' " Anyone in the Westminster bubble got any news? It's a total surprise to me, so have I just been on another planet lately? And why would Blair be so scathing about Ming's plans last month, if he was intending to announce withdrawal plans of his own?