Brown has done more damage with his trip to Iraq than he could possible imagine, he managed in one day to completely blow his image of integrity. That trip has caused waves of distrust that have washed over all his cabinet colleagues, people will now look with a great deal of cynicism at everything that Labour ministers say.
When the Chancellor promises an extra £400 million of forces funding(which is a drop in the Ocean, by the way) we all ask ourselves if half of that money has already been allocated and a quarter of it has already been spent.
Darling didn’t help himself by rolling out a very poor set of plans against the backdrop of a faltering economy. George Osborne tore him apart and justly so.