Lord Drayson Goes Racing pt II

November 8th, 2007 § 0 comments

Part I:

Defence Minister Lord Drayson has taken a “leave of absence” from the government in a bid to take part in the world-famous 24-hour Le Mans race.

But now in The Guardian:

The real reason Paul Drayson quit as minister for defence equipment was out of “frustration” with bureaucracy and lack of money, a former chief of the defence staff said today.
Lord Charles Guthrie admitted he was “surprised” at the resignation of Lord Drayson, who claimed in a letter to Gordon Brown yesterday that he was stepping down to pursue his dream of racing in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

Are you sure, Lord Guthrie? You wouldn’t be putting words in his mouth would you?

“I found it a very surprising story. I would think that probably – and I’m putting words into his mouth – his is frustrated by the bureaucracy and that some of the plans of modernising procurement are just not achievable unless more money is available but he is a loyal member of the government. He is not going to say that. That’s what my interpretation would be.”

Ah, so you’re not even putting words in his mouth, you’re projecting your opinion of why he resigned to raise the issue of underfunding in the services, aren’t you.


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