Matthew, Stephen and Kathryn dissect the recent announcement of troop withdrawal from Iraq, details of a defence spend up and a likely end to the teachers' dispute. Will it help clear the air following the budget shambles? And is it time to put Phil Twyford out of his misery in his portfolio?
Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium. Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.