British intelligence?

Forgive me, but I’m a little confused.

Following media and political attacks on the UK’s security services owing to their alleged collusion with CIA torture of suspected Islamist terrorists, we’ve had a gaggle of government ministers insist that Britain’s intelligence agencies are “the best in the world”. Yesterday, however, up popped a former director of MI5 to say that she hadn’t a clue what was going on.

Given that knowing what was going on was a fundamental part of Eliza Manningham-Buller’s job description, you must admit that her candid admission doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the organisation she led for five years.