It has caused a storm of controversy and now it has cost the British Defence Secretary his job.
Liam Fox has resigned over his friendship with a businessman who posed as an adviser.
Adam Werritty, Fox’s best man and former flat mate, often met with him at the defence ministry and on official trips abroad. This, despite Werritty having no official role in government.
“I think it is quite right to take the time to establish the facts of the case, rather than rushing to judgement,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“I quite understand why Liam Fox has decided to resign, though obviously I am sorry to see him go. He did a good job at the Ministry of Defence clearing up the mess left by the last government and giving good leadership to that department, particularly while we have been in action in Libya and also of course in Afghanistan.”
Liam Fox admitted he had allowed the lines between his personal and professional life to blur.
The scandal has jolted the British government and could potentially slow down efforts to reform the country’s military.
David Cameron named his Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond as Fox’s replacement.