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Hi

It is inevitable that there will be a Public Inquiry.

It will take years and the benefactors will be long gone with huge amounts of money.
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Originally Posted by swimfeeders ->
Hi

It is inevitable that there will be a Public Inquiry.

It will take years and the benefactors will be long gone with huge amounts of money.
Yes, public enquiries often only really benefit those doing the enquiring.
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The reason the private sector has had to be used to provide solutions for COVID-19 is because the civil service and the NHS are utterly useless. There should be an inquiry into what our 130 billion investment each year into the NHS gets spend on.
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The reason the private sector has had to be used to provide solutions for COVID-19 is because the civil service and the NHS are utterly useless. There should be an inquiry into what our 130 billion investment each year into the NHS gets spend on.
Blairs construct of PFI accounts for a fair-sized chunk.
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Where IS "Incompetent" Harding .....

Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, Head of NHS Test and Trace and Chair of NHS Improvement but no sign of her in the middle of a second-wave pandemic .....
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Where IS "Incompetent" Harding .....

Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, Head of NHS Test and Trace and Chair of NHS Improvement but no sign of her in the middle of a second-wave pandemic .....
Propably where she should be - doing her job.
Not pandering to the whims of desperate muck-slingers.
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Lord Feldman: Department of Health adviser's firm took work from Covid company

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54975507

Lord Feldman's PR firm began advising Oxford Nanopore after it struck a £28,000,000 deal with the Department of Health.

On 1 April, Health Secretary Matt Hancock met with Oxford Nanopore, a company which makes Covid-19 tests, and Lord Feldman, the former Conservative party chairman.

At the time, Lord Feldman was acting for the government, which had employed him as an unpaid adviser on Covid. He was also a managing partner with the lobbying firm Tulchan Communications.

By the date of his next meeting with Oxford Nanopore, six weeks later, the testing firm had agreed a £27,900,000 contract with Mr Hancock's Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). This was to supply Covid testing kits, reagents (chemicals needed for testing), training material and support.

The firm went on to win a further contract worth more than £100,000,000 with the department, to supply rapid Covid tests.

It has now been confirmed to the BBC, by Tulchan, that it is employed by Oxford Nanopore to do "PR and public affairs" for the company.
Blatant Tory cronyism .....
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Lord Feldman: Department of Health adviser's firm took work from Covid company
Blatant Tory cronyism .....
Nah, it's more like typical gentry avarice.
Lord Feldman was (as your blurb says) an unpaid advisor.
Lord Feldman is also part of the House of Lords - all that the Beeb are doing is giving another reason to get rid of the antiquated lot of them.
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High Court 'set to hear from Dominic Cummings' over controversial Covid contract

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politi...minic-23490817

Witness statements from Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain are due to be revealed for the first time in a challenge against the £564,000 taxpayer-funded deal, according to the Good Law Project.

The contract went without competition to lobbying and research firm Public First - co-owned by Cummings' former associate James Frayne, and wife Rachel Wolf who co-wrote the 2019 Tory manifesto.
The firm was paid for "extremely urgent" research, development and consultancy on Covid-19 for six months from March 3. The deal was originally worth up to £840,000 but the firm was paid £564,393.

Government documents show the contract was formally awarded on June 5 - by which time the Good Law Project, which is challenging the deal, claims £253,000 had already been paid "on a handshake alone".

The Good Law Project will ask a top judge to rule that awarding the contract directly was unlawful, in a bid to "ensure proper procurement practices are adopted in the future, protecting public funds and guarding against cronyism."

Good Law Project director Jolyon Maugham said: “We are determined the truth should see the light of day on Monday.”

The QC, who has challenged a string of coronavirus contracts issued by the government, added: "Public money should be spent in the public interest - not used by the PM's advisers to favour their friends.”
Government to spend up to £600,000 defending Covid contract

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...covid-contract

The government has been criticised for spending up to £600,000 defending a legal challenge against its award of a contract to a company run by long-term associates of Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings.

The estimated costs could exceed the £550,000 the government spent on the contract with the company, Public First, to conduct focus groups on its Covid-19 messaging.
Public First is a policy and research company run by James Frayne and Rachel Wolf, a married couple who have both previously worked with Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, and Cummings, who was the prime minister’s chief adviser when the contract was agreed last March.

The case is due to be decided at a one-day hearing on Monday. However, controversy has emerged over the legal costs being incurred by the government.

In a letter last week, the Government Legal Department notified the GLP that its estimated costs for defending the Public First case would be “in the region of £500,000 to £600,000”.

If the GLP loses the case, it could be made to pay those costs in addition to its own. Its director, Jolyon Maugham QC, argues the costs are excessive, pointing to two other recent judicial review cases in which the government’s costs were less than £200,000.

“The government has in-house solicitors and can employ barristers at low rates, but here money has been no object,” he said. “Such costs have a deterrent effect, to scare people off challenging them in the courts; it is another attempt by the government to remove itself from a layer of accountability.”

Last week a judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, gave permission to the GLP to pursue another judicial review claim relating to a government contract with the firm Hanbury Strategy, which also has connections with Cummings and the Conservative party.

The government has also defended that direct award as necessary and proper. O’Farrell stated in her ruling that the judicial review “raises serious issues of public importance that would otherwise not be scrutinised”.
BJ obviously has (other people's) money to burn .....
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'Ang on.

So a bunch of self-serving legal numpties takes the government to court over a £564k deal that might have been a bit iffy but then somebody moans when it costs up to £600k to defend?
Because of an allegation it's going to cost more to defend than the whole original ruddy contract cost!
I hope the government win and that the objectors have to pay those fees.
Tripled as a deterrent.


Ask yourselves who is earning the money here, the real money?
You got it; more of those very same legal numpties who were allegedly upset in the first place.
To the tune of £600k!


Bl@@dy ridiculous doesn't even begin to describe it when the only real winners are that bunch!
 
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