PUS is off...

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Proximo, Jul 19, 2005.

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  1. It's been openly touted round the bazaars but it's official:

    So...new Minister and PUS departs....doesn't bode well, does it?

    For those of you who may be thinking 'who he?', PUS is the chief civil servant within the Ministry of Defence, possibly most notable of late for admitting that Andrew Gilligan was "known to have contacts in the MoD", and that his department had a reputation for being "leaky".

    He told Lord Hutton that, while Dr Kelly's job description included "communicating Iraq issues to the media", "if he was challenging government policy in any way that would be a completely different matter".

    He revealed that, although Dr Kelly's line manager, after an interview with the scientist, did not think Dr Kelly had been Gilligan's source, Sir Kevin himself was not so sure. However, when he had first informed his boss, Geoff Hoon, that a possible source had come forward, he had not revealed Dr Kelly's actual name. Sir Kevin and Mr Hoon then had some disagreement about whether he should be put before the foreign affairs committee (FAC), with Mr Hoon saying he should, so they "shouldn't be seen to be covering it up". Sir Kevin was initially more concerned "with the need to establish if it was a disciplinary matter".

    And the rest is history...