Gordon Brown was in Afghanistan this morning, making a visit the Telegraph reported as a 'surprise'. Whether this means it was a spur-of-the-moment thing or just unknown to the press in advance is not clear. However, I'd have thought that for the brave troops out there (and indeed in Iraq), getting a visit from Gordon Brown is just about the worst surprise they could get. The word 'surprise' carries with it positive connotations; a bonus at work, a nice birthday present, or something else that's generally pleasant. Having a visit from the man who has neglected to provide you with cars that are impervious to bombs, despite you driving around in an area full of bombs, is a surprise akin to your bowels falling out of your arsehole in the middle of your wedding.
Also, how much of a coincidence is it that Brown makes this 'surprise' visit at a time when he's getting the shit kicked out of him by the Germans, and has been caught lying about knife crime statistics?