What a populist government is really costing you!

If Captain Tom receives a knighthood for raising £33 million then what should be the reward for squandering billions? Or, worse still, awarding billions to their friends?

This was sent through to me by my friend Dewin. I thought it well worthy of putting out. I have been really shocked at the blatant way this government has been practising its cronyism. Time after time contracts have been allocated without being put out to tender. Time after time contracts have been awarded to companies with no experience in the field. Time after time the firms given the contract have pocketed the money but failed to produce the product – from track and trace apps to PPE.

I believe this to be scandalous on many fronts. It smacks of corruption and it defies all the protocols concerning putting the taxpayers money out to tender!

I hope there is going to be accountability for these actions.

Here is what Dewin sent me (which shows some of the problem – and huge waste of money):-

Whilst the awarding of lucrative government contracts without open-tender to Tory friends stinks of cronyism, the estimated amount of money BoJo and his government have wasted in their first year of power is, according to Stephen Colegrave at Byline Times (1), guesstimated to be approx £57.193 billion (The following is abridged, link provided. Please visit the site for his point-by-point explanation.)

* ADVERTISING & COMMUNICATIONS:
– ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ Campaign – £75 million
– COVID-19 Advertising Subsidy for Newspapers – £35 million
– Topham Guerin’s COVID-19 Digital Campaign – £3 million

* ANTIBODY TESTING:
– Faulty Tests – £16 million
– Unnecessary Tests – £790 million

* PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE):
– Procurement – £15 billion

* TEST & TRACE:
– The Failed App – £11.8 million
– The Ineffective Programme – £5 billion

* NIGHTINGALE HOSPITALS:
– Hospitals with No Patients – £346 million

* DOMINIC CUMMINGS:
– Blue Sky Science Agency – £800 million

* SPACE EXPLORATION:
* OneWeb – £500 million

* A HARD BREXIT
– A Costly Exit – $40 billion
– Border Controls – £705 million
– Blue Passports – £11 million
– Extra Bureaucracy – £1.3 billion
– Consultancy Contracts – £100 million

Total: £57.193 billion (and counting!)

You may ask yourself what £1 billion pounds would buy the government. Tom de Castella, writing in the BBC News Magazine in 2015 (2), provides an answer to such a question. (The following is abridged, link provided)

* 147,000 state pensions or 300,000 Jobseeker’s Allowances for a year, or fund 2.3 million people’s disability living allowance (now Personal Independance Payment (PIP) and Carer’s Allowance) per annum – three quarters of the total.
* Would pay to run the NHS across the UK for nearly three days. Alternatively it would cover all diagnostic imaging – MRI scans, x-rays – for a year with a bit left over for other jobs. Or another way would be to fund 26,000 nurses or 12,000 hospital doctors for a year.
* It could pay for 167,000 hip replacements or 1.4 million hospital day cases. A billion pounds could also pay for two flagship hospitals, such as Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital which opened in 2010.
* Education – With £1bn the government could, for a year, fund 27,000 primary or 22,000 secondary school teachers, or give free school meals to 2.5m children.
* New schools – (working on an average of £6.6 million/school – that would mean about new 150 free schools. These tend to be smaller than conventional schools and the figure includes primaries. (working on an average of £25m/secondary school – that would mean an extra 40 secondary schools
* Housing – it could pay to build 16,600 new social homes or 50,000 shared ownership homes. according to the charity Shelter.
* pay for the creation of 180,000 jobs guaranteed at the minimum wage for 30 hours a week, or support for 100,000 socially excluded families.
* (For hard-working families) – £1bn could make universal the offer of 15 hours a week of childcare for 37 weeks of the year. ((in 2015) available to only the 40% most disadvantaged two-year olds.)

World-beating governance brought to you by BoJo the Elusive and the U.K’s omni-shambolic Tory spivs.

DN

(1) – https://bylinetimes.com/2020/07/24/boris-johnsons-great-spaffometer/
(2) – https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32309311

2 thoughts on “What a populist government is really costing you!

  1. Thanks for posting Opher. This sort of easily digestible information is essential to an understanding of the political machinations of our inept government. I hope readers will visit Stephen Colegrave’s site and view the explanations he gives for each entry on the list and perhaps read further to arrive at a similar conclusion: it is a tremendous waste of money and the governments complacency in spending, their unashamed cronyism, and their damaging political ideology, has already cost thousands of lives and thousands of jobs. There is every reason to suggest their continued poor governance will effect the lives, and livelihoods of many more.

    It is with trepidation that we await the re-opening of schools on the transmission/death rates of C-19 and, of course, the delivery of Brexit.

    DN

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