"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Thursday 12 November 2020
UK government has awarded £10 billion
worth of contracts related to the coronavirus crisis to private
companies since March 2020,
mostly without a competitive tender.”The
Office Minister, Julia Lopez, has
responded to criticisms of a chumocracy by assuring us that
‘The government will carry out its own inspection on procurements
during the pandemic.”
is a list of the Chumocrats at work:
DIDO HARDING, Chair of NHS Improvement and NHS Test and Trace is the
wife of Tory MP JOHN PENROSE, who has responsibilities for …..
BINGHAM, head of the government’s vaccine taskforce, is married to
Tory Minister JESSE NORMAN and is a business colleague of DOMINIC
SOAMES, CEO of SERCO, and awarded £57 million in Covid contracts, is
brother of former Tory MP SIR NICHOLAS SOAMES whose wife, CAMILLA
SOAMES, is a Tory party donor.
STEPHENSON, director of HANBURY STRATEGY and awarded £900,000 in
Covid contracts, is a friend and business associate of DOMINIC
BEN GUERIN of TOPHAM GUERIN and
awarded £3 million in Covid contracts, were behind the Tory party
2019 election strategy and worked with DOMINIC CUMMINGS.
FRAYNE and RACHEL WOLFF of PUBLIC FIRST and awarded £840,000 in
Covid contracts, are friends of DOMINIC CUMMINGS and MICHAEL GOVE.
for the government’s
digital technology, is a major shareholder in FACULTY,
awarded £500,000 in Covid contracts. He
business associate of DOMINIC
CUMMINGS and worked with him on Vote Leave.
MELLER of MELLER DESIGNS, awarded £148 million in Covid-related contracts, is a Tory
donor and friend of
DECHAN, director of P14 MEDICAL, awarded £120 million in Covid
contracts, is a former Tory councillor.
MERRICK COCKELL, employed by PA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LTD who were awarded £156
million in Covid-related contracts, is a former Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council
of CLIPPER LOGISTICS, and awarded £1 million in Covid-related
contracts, is a major Tory Party donor.
PAGE of PPE MEDPRO Ltd, who were awarded £203 million in
Covid-related contracts, was secretary of the firm that provides
branding services to Tory peer Baroness Mone’s company.
Bruce, the chief executive of anti-corruption campaigners
Transparency International UK, warned the government should not use
the crisis like a “blank cheque to get rid of controls around
transparency and accountability ….The alarming number of contracts
seemingly awarded without any competition risks setting a dangerous
leave you with this one. Controversy and mystery
surrounds a £32m Covid-related
handed to a rodent
control company called PestFix to source surgical gowns. It
has listed net assets of only £18,000.