Is he just misunderstood, maybe he does have some good points: BBC News Analysis Not a good start, if there is one thing we value above all else in our leaders it is charisma and Des is sadly lacking in that department. Did that start on ARRSE, or was it brought in from some NAAFI somewhere? Was that genuinely the case or just what the reporter was told? If he has been to Iraq and Afghanistan more than any other SofS that has to be a good thing, surely? As for the second statement in bold I reported this quote from The Times2 on another thread: So Is Des misunderstood? Is he a genuinely nice chap who has just been caught out by how scurrilous Westminster can be? Do we want a genuinely nice chap as SofS? Maybe he is worth a second chance after all... P.S. This thread is not about his handling of the "cash for cowardice" affair, but about his record as SofS as a whole.