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Asked if the Government’s position remained the same in regards to troops roulement in Iraq in light of the Written Ministerial Statement from the Ministry of Defence, the PMS replied that the Government’s policy had always been to be guided by the conditions on the ground and not to set arbitrary timetables. The situation on the ground had changed in the past month or so and that was why the Government had made the announcements it had over the past couple of weeks.

Asked what the Prime Minister was focused on and who he felt his opponents were, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was focused, as he had said last week, on working with his Cabinet colleagues to do all the Government could to steer the country through the difficult economic period we were facing at the moment. The Prime Minister was also focused on the changes we were making to the health service, education, neighbourhood policing and the other important measures the Government was taking.

Put that phrases such as "focused" and "determined" resonated of the previous PMS’s comments regarding Tony Blair, the PMS said that being Prime Minister meant that you had to be focused and resolute and that you had to keep your focus on the long term without being unduly distracted by short-term events and that was what this Prime Minister was doing.

Asked what the Prime Minister thought about one of his supporters saying on the radio that he should accept that he is a dour Scot and should stop smiling so much, the PMS said that the Prime Minister would consider that as a representation and that he received a number of representations on all sorts of issues all of the time.

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