A former minister who was sacked after a row over the treatment of soldiers in Northern Ireland has said the Federal government is the ‘most distrustful, horrible environment’ he has actually ever worked in.
Johnny Mercer left the Government the other day after expressing disappointment at an absence of progress over legislation to secure British veterans who served throughout the Troubles
A furious Mr Mercer today offered Whitehall both barrels as he claimed ‘almost nobody tells the fact’ and UK politics resembles a ‘cesspit’.
Mr Mercer stated he exited the Federal government since he felt like he was the ‘last guy in the room who’s willing to satisfy our manifesto dedications’ as he likewise accused ministers of a ‘gross betrayal of individuals who signed up to serve in the military’.
Mr Mercer has actually currently been changed in the veterans minister role by previous Scots Guard captain Leo Docherty.
Former Army officer Mr Mercer yesterday said he was ‘sorry to have actually been eased of my obligations in Federal government’ amidst reports that he was sacked by Boris Johnson
Johnny Mercer left the Government the other day after expressing frustration at a lack of progress over legislation to secure British veterans who served during the Troubles.
Former Army officer Mr Mercer yesterday stated he was ‘sorry to have actually been eliminated of my duties in Government’ amidst reports that he was sacked by Boris Johnson.
In his official exchange of letters with the Prime Minister, Mr Mercer said he was ‘required’ to offer his resignation with a ‘heaviness of heart’.
In an interview with Times Radio broadcast this afternoon, Mr Mercer blasted the Government.
He stated: ‘I believe Boris Johnson is deeply dedicated to this agenda. I believe he wishes to provide it. However the fact is that nothing, absolutely nothing has actually been done.
‘ And we have actually had an extremely difficult year with coronavirus and all the rest of it and he’s the Prime Minister. He’s got all these challenges going on. And I respect that and I completely accept that.
‘ But he should, you understand, he needs to anticipate his ministers I believe to be as dedicated to the manifesto as he is, alright. And if I’m made to feel like I’m the last man in the room who wants to satisfy our manifesto dedications, there’s something incorrect. We reached that point, so I left.’
Mr Mercer continued: ‘This is the most distrustful, horrible environment I have actually ever operated in, in federal government.
‘ Nearly nobody informs the reality is what I have actually worked out over the last 36 hours. And, you know, so I don’t think anybody actually can get on their high horse about trust and principles and all the rest of it in politics, because as far as I’m worried, the majority of it is a little a cesspit, I believe we do have a clear commitment to follow through on our guarantees and do right by those who serve.’
The Tory MP said he thought the Government was guilty of a ‘gross betrayal’ by failing to do more to safeguard British veterans who served during the Troubles.
He said: ‘The reality is that for these individuals, their experiences after having served this country, 50 years later, they are continuously being dragged over to Northern Ireland, and asked to relive their experiences, it is individuals are drinking themselves to death.
Mr Mercer released his resignation letter which revealed he was ‘forced’ to leave Government
Mr Mercer stated he will lobby on behalf of Northern Ireland veterans in Parliament, having stated he made guarantees to those soldiers in Mr Johnson’s name
10 Downing Street declared Mr Mercer resigned, but the previous veterans minister said he was ‘relieved of my duties’ in Federal government
‘ It is breaking up households, it is destroying our finest people. And all they did was serve at the request of this federal government at the request of the House of Commons, to promote the rule of law on the peace and when the peace in Northern Ireland.
‘ And yet now we’re happy to cut them off to individuals who want to rewrite history. And that is all that’s going on, you understand that absolutely nothing’s changed here.
‘ However the politics, and for me, it’s a gross betrayal of individuals who signed up to serve in the military.’
Mr Mercer has been heavily involved in the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill, which was being considered by MPs today as it goes through its final stages in Parliament.
The legislation was established in reaction to legal claims made after operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, however does not cover events in Northern Ireland.