Remember in 2007, when Gordon Brown just had to go to Iraq in the middle of the Tory conference? Well, now Bob Ainsworth has gone on a 'surprise' visit to Afghanistan.
Two things; why can Ainsworth make surprise trips to Afghanistan on the first day of the Tory conference, but just has to go on holiday during the bloodiest month our troops have seen there since the war began?
And secondly, watch the BBC clip in the first linked article. You'll see that during a conversation with a solider who questioned him about troop numbers, Ainsworth tries to squeeze out of the solider a suggestion that they don't need anymore equipment.