This report of Gordon Brown’s speech to the troops in Helmand underlines just how far removed from reality the man is:
Mr Brown also likened the achievements of the British forces to the UK’s Olympic medallists in Beijing.
“This week we are celebrating the Olympics where we have had great success,” he said.
“But this week also I believe that our Olympic athletes and everybody else in our country will remember that you have showed exactly the same courage, professionalism and dedication.
“You make our country proud every day of the week and every week of the year. You are truly the heroes of our country. I wish to say how proud I am of you today.”
I wonder if the troops appreciated the comparison – and the PM’s belief that they have shown “exactly the same courage, professionalism and dedication (as the olympic athletes).”