A mountain of bad news was buried by the Government as it rushed out reports and 26 ministerial statements the day before MP's go on holiday.
The dangerous state of the public finances was laid bare by the reports, which showed that the Government’s tax take plummeted by £32 billion last year. Figures from HM Revenue & Customs showed income tax, national insurance, VAT, stamp duty and corporation tax fell by £21 billion, while other debts and legal liabilities had cut income by a further £10 billion.
The figures were disclosed as the National Audit Office refused to sign off six sets of Whitehall accounts because of fraud, error, over payments and IT problems.
The accounts, covering billions of pounds, included the Ministry of Defence, the Treasury, the Revenue, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Home Office and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
The annoying thing, I mean the 'really' annoying thing, is that these people think that they can still get away with this deceitful stupidity. Deceitful of course. But surely this is a splendid opportunity for the Opposition parties to make a head on attack?
The media and the Bloggers don't go on holiday for 82 days! Shoot kamikaze Brown in the other foot and spoil his happy holiday.