UK 30 August 2011 Andrew Mitchell caught with cabinet papers on show International Development Secretary photographed holding confidential papers on Afghanistan. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Tweet The International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has become the latest cabinet minister to be caught walking out of Downing Street with confidential papers on show (Danny Alexander was another recent victim). Sky News has blurred out the text but the notes reportedly refer to the government "welcoming" the news that Hamid Karzai will not seek a third term as Afghan President. His departure means the country's politics will be in "a better place," the papers state. The government's distaste for Karzai is hardly a state secret but it's still an embarrassing gaffe by Mitchell. Update: It's also worth noting that the papers refer to the endemic corruption of the Afghanistan financial ministry. It's a boon to those who argue that we shouldn't give any aid to the country. › In praise of Nikolaus Pevsner George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles One good thing about Brexit: the end of “honest conversations” about immigration Will Self: I was no fan of New Labour – but Brexit requires original thinking Corbyn can't provide If the government can back down on self-employed taxes, why not disability benefit cuts?