Britain’s most senior civil servants should no longer be asked to investigate accusations of ministerial misconduct because they do not have the “powers” to get to the truth, the former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Robin Butler, has suggested.
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Sunday 08 May 2011
Ministers across the Government have been ordered to find extra resources for armed forces personnel and veterans in an attempt to mask a U-turn on David Cameron's pledge to enshrine the Military Covenant in law.
Thursday 28 April 2011
The coalition will survive whatever the result of next week's elections and the referendum on voting reform, Defence Secretary Liam Fox insisted today.
Monday 25 April 2011
Defence Secretary Liam Fox is heading to the US for talks on the military campaign in Libya, it was revealed today.
Saturday 02 April 2011
William Hague endured heavy criticism when the Foreign Office was slow to lay on aircraft to take British citizens out of Libya, so he must be keen that the costs of other airlifts out of crisis zones are not subjected to too much scrutiny.
Thursday 03 March 2011
Conservative MP Graham Evans strums a tune on a magazine during a speech by Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
Sunday 27 February 2011
Labour's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan stretched the Army to its limit, special forces veteran Dan Jarvis has admitted as he tries to become the party's MP in the Barnsley Central by-election on Thursday.
Tuesday 22 February 2011
Britain should seek to retain a "healthy slice" of the defence market in the Middle East, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said today.
Monday 21 February 2011
Defence Secretary Liam Fox will launch a crackdown on ballooning costs at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) this week as figures show projects are running £8.8 billion over budget.
Thursday 27 January 2011
Government ministers and military chiefs today defended the decision to scrap the RAF's Nimrod surveillance planes, after a group of retired senior officers warned it would leave a "massive gap" in Britain's security.
Sunday 23 January 2011
Sunday 09 January 2011
The Ministry of Defence stands accused of "politicising" the military covenant, under plans to scrap an independent review of the Government's progress in honouring the nation's pact with servicemen and women.
Wednesday 22 December 2010
Three Liberal Democrat ministers have criticised the Government's decision to cut child benefit and lifted the lid on tensions between them and their Conservative Coalition partners.
Friday 17 December 2010
Defence Secretary Liam Fox has cancelled a controversial visit to Sri Lanka he had been planning to make this weekend.
Wednesday 20 October 2010
David Cameron began his Commons statement unveiling the Strategic Defence Review yesterday with the emphatic declaration that: "This is not simply a cost-saving exercise". But the Prime Minister protested too much. And that assertion was, in any case, contradicted by the number of times Mr Cameron went on to blame the dire financial legacy of the previous Labour government for closing down options. The Prime Minister cannot have it both ways.
Monday 18 October 2010
Come Wednesday, the country will finally know what awaits it, when the Chancellor announces the results of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review. Expectations, it is fair to say, are doom-laden. The extent to which the UK has been living beyond its means is well known and well understood. That at least some of our woes can be laid at the bankers' doors does not alter the reality that almost everyone will take a hit.
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