Mr Bean finally admits the truth

The UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has admitted that the persistent claims he made in the House of Commons and in evidence to Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq Inquiry were incorrect.

Gordon Brown, who has been heavily criticised from all quarters over his financial support for the Armed Forces, had repeatedly insisted that as Chancellor, he made real increases in the defence budget every year and giving them ‘everything they asked for’.

However, official figures from the Ministry of Defence show that, allowing for inflation, its budget actually fell in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2007.

Probably just a temporary aberration due to stress.