Apparently Iraq has got a lot better, so we need 1,600 less troops there. On a completely unrelated issue, Afghanistan has got a lot worse so we need an extra 1,400 troops there.
Apparently these are not, I repeat NOT linked. Even the numbers involved are different, 200 troops different, so they can’t be linked, can they?
If you are finding the above statement a little hard to swallow you are not alone. It is clearly rubbish!
There are two ways of looking at this. Either Margret Becket is an appalling liar, or she actually believes this. I hope it is the former because the latter would indicate a level of stupidity that is scary in a Minister of State.
Or in two Ministers of State, if you count Des Browne as stupid (which I do).