Malcolm Dunn, a regular commenter here, congratulates Liam Fox on his mastering of the defence brief at conference.
Liam Fox has been one of our busier Shadow Cabinet Ministers at this conference, making a series of speeches on defence both at the main conference venue and at various fringe meetings
At all of them he highlighted the manifold failure of Gordon Brown and our part-time secretary of state for defence both in terms of our government defence policy and also how this country treats its members of the armed services, 'the covenant'.
Far from having the joined-up government we were promised he pointed out that our foreign policy and defence policy were completely disjointed.
Our foreign policy has received more from our armed services than at any time in the past thirty years at the same time as our defence spending has fallen to the lowest level in terms of GDP since the early 1930s.
He also made clear that it was difficult for the opposition to make detailed changes to the Ministry of Defence budget as much of the budget is classified for reasons of national security.