As the Queen Mary slipped into Southampton last week, British reporters begged Winston Churchill, "Could you give us one of your famous sentences? 'Whatever the outlook is, it's getting better' or something like that? Everybody is waiting for it."
Churchill's bulldog features broke into a grin. "I hadn't prepared any famous sentence," he replied, "but you may be quite sure that His Majesty's Government will do their duty, irrespective of whether what they do is popular."
This week in the House of Commons, His Majesty's Government was doing its duty and testing...