But surely MacAskill could have done more to ensure bosses were up to speed - rather than bending rules to suit tail-end Charlies
To get an accurate picture of what took place I have consulted various books, including Berlin, by the eminent war historian Antony Beevor, and Tail-end Charlies
, by Nichol and Rennell.
He said: "It's been my dream to compete on the UK round of the WRC and competing against some of the best drivers in the world is unbelievable but I fully expect to be one of the tail-end charlies
- at this rally at least.
The book Tail-End Charlies
takes an extraordinary look into the last half of the bomber war.
, The Last Battles Of The Bomber War, John Nichol and Tony Rennell, Penguin, pounds 18.
His latest book, Tail-End Charlies
, The Final Battles of the Bomber War 1944-45, is published by Viking in November, priced pounds 18.
But for Wales, the North-East would have been tail-end Charlies
for new industrial orders, too.
Mike Smith ran through the home side's tail-end charlies
to take the final three wickets, rounded off by the hapless Alamgir Sheriyar being taken at slip first ball.
Albert Park conqueror Michael Schumacher and reigning champion Mika Hakkinen - who failed to finish in Melbourne - are expected to dominate proceedings in Brazil, but Coral have led the way with some alternative wagers, many of which focus on the sport's tail-end charlies
The two tail-end Charlies
- Croft and Fraser - stopped England going 2-0 down at Old Trafford but their brave late stand only emphasises the difference between the two teams.
Well, for all you poor tail-end Charlies
, here's how.
That common struggle for the tail-end Charlies
to actually extricate themselves is perfectly addressed too, thanks to a small orange button that slides the second row forward at the tap of a foot.