Alex Massie considers Rory Stewart's political ambitions:

I think one may safely say that Rory Stewart is a Tory. It would be useful if this sort of modest outlook - albeit expressed by a man of some ambition - could find a place in parliament.

As a matter of practical policy in Afghanistan, I don't know if Stewart is right or not but there certainly seems something to be said for muddling along as best we can in the hope that, at some point, something will turn up.

Stewart's point, however, is wider than that. Can we really be sure that we - that is, government - knows what it's doing at home too? I suspect not. Small, incremental steps which are reversible is a pretty good philosophy for domestic affairs too.

Jason Zengerle further thoughts.

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