He's just finished speaking. It was a much longer speech than is usual and was clearly designed to save his own skin: Downing Street has began to realise that the press, if not the public, will chastise him at the GE for defence failures as well as for all the other disasters he has inflicted on us / himself. It was very expansive. He made a point of reminding the audience of Pakistan's importance as a safe haven for AQ and he stressed the need for other coalition countries to pull their weight in the region. He also committed UK forces to "speeding up" the training of a much larger Afghan security force, moving from "mentoring" to "co-operating" with them. Everything seems to have got bigger: more resources, more training, more possible areas of operation, more coalition engagement, more money pumped into Afghanistan, more efforts to stop fundamentalist distortion of the Islamic faith. When will they announce that yet more troops will be needed to do all this? That might be a job for Bob Ainsworth. He was there, but was under strict orders to keep his gob shut and so made no contribution to the event at all.