and value for money in the way public funds are spent usually require
state bodies to advertise any new contract over a certain value, and
invite several bidders to compete. “Because of extreme urgency and
in the interests of public health”, the government has dispensed with
this requirement so that Covid-19 related deals could be signed
“without competing or advertising the requirement.”
has opened the door to a Covid-19 bonanza for some firms.
have now ‘won’ over £1 billion to organise Covid-19 track and
trace. There now needs to be a track and trace put in place to find
out how they have managed to get this money without carrying out
track and trace.
doubt that many readers can conceptualise what £1 billion means. In
terms of time, 1 UK billion seconds = 32 years. In physical terms
you would need 720 white vans to transport that amount in cash.
a smaller scale Stroud
Steve Dechan, who runs P14 Medical, a loss-making
firm distributing medical devices, recently signed a £156 million
deal to import PPE from China.
follows the news that PR firm, Hanbury Strategy, founded by a Dominic
Cummings ally, has been ‘awarded’ two Covid-related contracts for
£900,000 to research “public attitudes and behaviours in relation
Guerin, a communications company behind the Tory
party’s 2019 digital campaign strategy, was
given a £3 million contract to work on Covid-19 "messaging".
First, a consultancy firm owned by two friends of Cummings and
Michael Gove, has
been given nearly £1 million for
hired by Cummings
for the Vote Leave campaign, is "conducting data modelling" for £3
of these ‘contracts’ went out for tender.
is what happens when you privatise the state and eviscerate local
It is corruption on a scale that would
make Pablo Escobar jealous.
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