13 December, 2006

Defence secretary caught out

The Daily Telegraph says it has seen a leaked Ministry of Defence documents, click here and also here, which proves that Defence secretary, Des Browne, misled (in plain language, lied to) Parliament when he told them that changes to payments to armed forces personnel would "not take one penny away from anybody". In fact, the changes took lots of pennies away from servicemen in combat zones. Now having been found out, Browne has apologised to the House of Commons. Time was when even unwittingly misleading the House was a resigning offence. Not any more. That lack of accountability is the major reason why ministers can, and do, lie regularly and with impunity.

Edited @ 15:49 to mend broken Daily Telegraph link.

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