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 last battles of the bomber war, 1944-1945.
: The Last Battles of the Bomber War, 1944-45 by John Nichol and Tony Rennell.
Despite losing to Hall Bower, Thongsbridge will take one of the play-off spots, while Golcar are in with a chance after beating Almondbury, thanks to their 'tail-end charlies
Now Don, one of the oldest surviving 'tail-end Charlies
', is preparing to take to the skies again for a helicopter flight for his 90th birthday.
, The Last Battles Of The Bomber War, John Nichol and Tony Rennell, Penguin, pounds 18.99.
His latest book, Tail-End Charlies
, The Final Battles of the Bomber War 1944-45, is published by Viking in November, priced pounds 18.99
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