"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Sunday 11 October 2020
Pablo Escobar would be Jealous
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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