Liam Fox may be long gone, but the MoD-owned paintings he planned to sell for a veterans charity are not. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that despite the fanfare made of the idea in September 2010, the paintings still haven’t been sold — with Help For Heroes missing out on hundreds of thousands of pounds
The collection, commissioned by Geoff Hoon, was criticised when it was amassed using money that could have been used to equip soldiers. Fox was much praised when he announced he wanted to sell them off and donate the profits to Help for Heroes — while conveniently heaping opprobrium on a Labour predecessor.
But in response to an FOI request querying the status of the paintings and how much money had been raised, a year and a half after the announcement, the MoD replied:
“…we do hold information within scope of your request. The paintings you listed were not sold and they remain in the Ministry of Defence Art Collection.”
Scrapbook supposes it’s easy to forget such pledges, when jet-setting around the world with your best man.