This morning security minister, Admiral Lord West said on the radio that he was not yet "fully convinced" of the need to extend the 28 day limit for holding suspects without trial.
By this lunchtime, after a personal interview with the Prime minister, he was insisting that he did believe that a longer time was necessary.
He was a simple sailor not a politician, he said, and perhaps had not chosen his words carefully enough.
E.g. New Labour speak for "Oops, I got the line wrong."
One has to ask what is the point of bringing in outside experts to provide a wider range of knowledge to Mr Brown's "Big Tent" when you then transparently over-ride their views, and force them to go on television and say things they clearly don't believe?