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Re: COVID-19: Appointments and Contracts - Strictly for Chums

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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.
WHY is it inevitable that there will be a Public Inquiry? Why should there be?
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Re: COVID-19: Appointments and Contracts - Strictly for Chums

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Blairs construct of PFI accounts for a fair-sized chunk.
I would say it was corruption of the emergency introduction of some PFI by Thatcher to deal with a huge problem encountered when the Conservative government took office that Blair abused to the Nth degree that resulted in so many PFI's cropping up.
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High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'

https://www.theguardian.com/politics...-for-pms-chums

Claims that Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by appointing their “chums” to three top jobs in the fight against Covid-19 – without opening the processes to competition – are to be the subject of an official legal challenge in the high court.

Campaigners won an initial victory in the case last Thursday, when Mr Justice Swift granted their applications for a judicial review. In court, they will argue that the prime minister and the health secretary broke the rules and acted in a discriminatory way, running a “chumocracy” at the top of government.

The case, brought jointly by the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality thinktank, and the Good Law Project, concerns three crucial appointments made at the height of the Covid-19 crisis. These were Dido Harding, the Tory peer, as the head of NHS Test and Trace, Kate Bingham as the head of the UK’s vaccine task force, and Mike Coupe as director of testing at NHS Test and Trace.

While the government is likely to say it made the appointments in great haste at time of national emergency, the claimants will counter that all three were installed at least partly because of their Tory connections, and not solely on merit.

Harding and Bingham are both married to Conservative MPs while Coupe is a former chief executive of Sainsbury’s, and was a colleague of Harding’s at the supermarket chain.

At the heart of the claimants’ case is the charge that the posts were not advertised in the way they normally are in the public sector, so those with wide experience in the field were not able to put themselves forward.

They also point out that because all are unpaid positions, the government was guilty of indirectly discriminating against others outside the well-off, predominantly white group from which the three were chosen.
Installing "Incompetent" Harding at the top of the NHS "tree", as Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, Chair of NHS Improvement and Head of NHS Test and Trace proved disastrous appointments for the fight against the COVID pandemic .....
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Re: COVID-19: Appointments and Contracts - Strictly for Chums

Originally Posted by Omah ->
High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'

https://www.theguardian.com/politics...-for-pms-chums



Installing "Incompetent" Harding at the top of the NHS "tree", as Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, Chair of NHS Improvement and Head of NHS Test and Trace proved disastrous appointments for the fight against the COVID pandemic .....

More pointless speculation from the North Kensington Gazzette
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29-03-2021, 08:33 AM
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Re: COVID-19: Appointments and Contracts - Strictly for Chums

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WHY is it inevitable that there will be a Public Inquiry? Why should there be?
I agree.

There is way too much group think and death by committee in Parliament.

It's no wonder the civil service is such complete mess and never gets anything done.
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More pointless speculation from the North Kensington Gazzette
And more dosh lining the pockets of avaricious lawyers!
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Corruption in Britain has reached new heights under Boris Johnson’s government

https://www.newstatesman.com/politic...n-s-government

Martin Fletcher

Jennifer Arcuri told the Sunday Mirror that she was having an affair with Johnson, then London mayor, at the same time as he was including her on taxpayer-funded trade missions, and giving grants to her technology company. He will, of course, flatly deny any impropriety and move on.

Last November the National Audit Office revealed that Johnson’s government awarded £10.5bn worth of pandemic-related contracts without a competitive tender process, and that companies with the right political connections were ten times as likely to win them. Ministers have unlawfully refused to publish a full list, but we know contracts for personal protective equipment went to jewellers, pest controllers and confectionery companies. A contract for glass vials went to the former landlord of Matt Hancock’s local pub. An £840,000 contract to “test coronavirus messaging” went to Public First, a company run by close associates of Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings. All that is frankly outrageous, but Johnson just shrugs it off.

Johnson gives jobs, as well as lucrative contracts, to cronies. Putting Dido Harding, a former business leader and the wife of a Tory MP, in charge of the NHS Test and Trace programme, and Kate Bingham, who is married to a Treasury minister, in charge of the vaccine task force are just a couple of examples.

Johnson’s cronies get peerages, too, among them his brother Jo Johnson, the former Conservative party treasurer Peter Cruddas, the Tory donors Michael Spencer and Aamer Sarfraz, various Vote Leave stalwarts and Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of the Evening Standard and the Independent. In 2013 an Appeal Court judge ruled that Cruddas had sold access to Cameron, and Johnson elevated him despite objections from the independent Lords Appointments Commission.

Gone are the days when David Blunkett resigned as home secretary for the relatively trivial offence of allegedly fast-tracking a visa application for his lover’s nanny, or when Peter Mandelson resigned as trade secretary for failing to register a loan from a ministerial colleague. Last summer Cummings survived as Johnson’s chief adviser despite blatantly breaching Covid lockdown rules, and later received a 40 per cent pay rise.

etc, etc, .....
Of course, the article is a personal viewpoint ..... but none of the assertions of abuse of power can be denied .....
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Re: COVID-19: Appointments and Contracts - Strictly for Chums

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Corruption in Britain has reached new heights under Boris Johnson’s government

https://www.newstatesman.com/politic...n-s-government

Martin Fletcher



Of course, the article is a personal viewpoint ..... but none of the assertions of abuse of power can be denied .....

If only it was true ....
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30-03-2021, 01:08 PM
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Re: COVID-19: Appointments and Contracts - Strictly for Chums

Originally Posted by Omah ->
Corruption in Britain has reached new heights under Boris Johnson’s government

https://www.newstatesman.com/politic...n-s-government

Martin Fletcher



Of course, the article is a personal viewpoint ..... but none of the assertions of abuse of power can be denied .....
The gossip continues unabated, as it always has.

There's a difference between refusing to be drawn into making a response and actually being able to deny spurious claims you know.
The silent denial of even acknowledging such blatant provocation is eminently sensible.
To put it bluntly, not feeding trolls is an effective countermeasure.

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Labour are 10 points behind the Tories.

Corbyn and Starmer have sealed their fate for generations.

https://order-order.com/2021/03/30/l...-behind-boris/
 
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