Did anyone hear David Owen and Lord Inge speaking in the House of Lords last week? Owen's proposition was that a major enquiry should be held into the whole Iraq business, following the approach of the Dardenelles Enquiry, (No holds barred, serving officers and soldiers to give evidence, evidence given in private) in order to establish what happened before during and after the war and learn the lessons arising. Sounds sensible if this is the shape of UK military operations for the next few decades. Lord Inge in the same debate pointed out that there was no War Cabinet and asked the Defence Minister why. He ponted out that this would provide a forum for senior officers to provide advice direct to cabinet members. Once again an incredibly sensible suggestion. Inevitably both points fell on deaf ears.