Another day, another pasting for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Today, it was the Public Accounts Committee’s turn to cast scrutiny over the department’s purchasing procedures. The group’s silver-tongued chairman, Edward Leigh said the MoD has become overly reliant on emergency procurement and there aren’t enough spare parts for operational helicopters.
Any sniff of criticism and the media will gather round to collectively bash the MoD's already sullied reputation. Procurement is a particular draw. A soft target, it has become somewhat of a political issue this year, providing the Conservative party with a useful blade to jab and twist.
SM has been accused of being overly critical of the MoD, but it is worth remembering that we don't make these stories up. They are the result of often lengthy, independent investigations by respected auditors.
What’s your view on MoD procurement? Is the media overly critical?