OK lets be clear I am one of the people who regards the past two weeks as deeply shameful and damaging to this Country's interests. The aftermath with TV and book deals, spreads in Hello magazine etc. are going to be much, much worse, in an attempt to regain the media initiative on a subject that has united all newspapers from the Daily Mail to the Guardian, the Navy has agreed to launch the hostages as media celebrities. This is insane, anybody even as remotely involved with this decision as making the tea should be sacked today. It will not drive recruitment. It will not paint the Navy in a positive light. It will not lead to more domestic political support. It will and has already alienated ALL Newspaper Editors. This is not damage control it is damage amplification. There is evidently a complete vacuum at the top of the Navy and the associated bits of the MoD.