Friday, 4 March 2011

Liam Fox makes himself look a bit of a prat

The Sun has led with the story of the Ministry of Defence's £22 light bulbs. They carry quotes from a soldier who says he cannot stand buy whilst the MoD spends so much on a bulb which costs 65p in the shops.

So far, so much the tale we expect. Government waste and bloated bill padding by private contractors.

Then the Defence Secretary wades in to seek to shift the blame to Labour saying:

"This is classic evidence of how Labour wasted taxpayers' money and shows a complete lack of common sense. No wonder the last government left the MoD with a budget deficit of £38bn."

However now the story has changed somewhat with the MoD itself saying that the bulbs were not ordinary lightbulbs at all but precision made specialist fittings for a radar system and that the ministry only ordered about 5 per year.

I have no idea of who is actually right, but surely Dr Fox should have checked with his department before jumping in and blaming the former government. Or doesn't he let the facts get in the way of cheap political point scoring?

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