On Monday Des Browne comes to the House to make a statement and answer questions about the debacle of the '15.' In his handling of the hostage crisis he has made many errors and has misled the British people. He has failed to look after the interests of the captives, tried to blame the Navy for the selling of stories fiasco and failled to provide a single shred of leadership. The Navy has been humiliated around the world and our enemies now laugh at us. And yet.... Blair will shortly stand down and Browne is one of Gordon's men. Gordon recently spoke very highly of Des in an effort to shore him up. The obvious thing to any right thinking person is that Des must go, he is not fit for purpose and this episode has been a disaster. If Blair decides for whatever shoddy reasons that Browne must stay, at least for the time being, what effect will this have on the men and women in the armed forces? How is Browne supposed to demonstrate leadership when he does not appear to have the confidence of anyone excepting his political masters? Do the Top Brass and executive have any respect for British servicemen? Surely now is the time for the 1st and 2nd Sea Lords to come forward with the facts. They too are suffering a crisis of confidence from within the Navy. I have a horrible feeling that Browne will still be in the job come Monday evening, if that is the case, the rot will have set in and the clock ticking on our best small army in the world.