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British Government Spent $1.9M In Taxpayer Money On Olympic Tickets
Published January 21, 2013
BURYING THE BAD NEWS: In London, Hope & Dominiczak reported ministers have been accused of trying to "bury bad news" during the Algerian hostage crisis by "releasing the details of who received free Olympic tickets." The overall amount spent -- £1.17M ($1.86M) -- was far more than the £750,000 ($1.2M), which had previously been forecast by Sports Minister Hugh Robertson. Labour MP John Mann compared the decision to release the information during the Algerian hostage crisis with an attempt by a former adviser to Labour Cabinet Minister Stephen Byers to “bury bad news” during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mann said: "People will be very cynical about the government doing this now when everyone is rightly concentrating on what is happening in Algeria. It is yet another attempt by successive Governments to bury bad news" (TELEGRAPH, 1/18).