After more than two years of almost continual controversy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project appeared to be blown out of the sky last week. On the eve of a damning independent audit into the projected acquisition and lifetime operating costs, the Conservative government spin doctors put out a few calls to a few chosen reporters. The scoop they offered up, with no attributable source, was that, contrary to their previous unwavering support of the F-35 purchase, the Tories were now going to consider other options.
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