On the day that Cameron is had up before parliament for sleazy lobbying!! Johnson lies about payments for refurbishment. Johnson promises a public inquest into how the pandemic was run – cronyism and lies. Johnson will no doubt look into everything and exonerate himself and all other Tories.
Thanks John Peachey.
After a cloudy start it brightened up. I stayed in through the morning working on editing my Harper book!! Lo and Behold – I’ve finished!!! I quickly sent it off to the publishers and feel quite euphoric! It’s all done! (Well apart from sorting some photos.)
The sun shone on me as I took my walk. There was a handsome spotted woodpecker hammering in a tree. I watched him a while. My adopted horse had been put in a back field. He couldn’t get to me to get his carrot and just peered forlornly over the fence.
I checked my diary today. I started doing my five mile walks on the 5th of March last year. That means I have completed a whole year (and twelve days) of consecutive walks!!
It’s a bouyant day!! No Covid Blues today!! Now I can focus on my Sci-fi novel!! I might have a glass or two to celebrate!!
Meanwhile, out in Coronaland the madness is galloping apace.
The more I find out about the corruption and cronyism that has taken place the more I despair. Billions of pounds have just been splashed around to Tory donors for all manner of contracts. One contract I read of today was a £178m contract for PPE given to a woman running a dog food company. She farmed it out to a firm in Hong Kong and pocketed millions.
It is obscene and corrupt. We cannot pay the nurses and key workers who have risked their lives but we can give millions to profiteers!!!
The nurses, teachers and those on low pay will be shoved back into austerity for years in order to pay for this corrupt shambles.
There is no transparency as required by law – no tendering as required by law – just incompetence (at best).
Then we have the mess over Brexit. Johnson has created such ill-will that we are virtually at war. Instead of friendly partners we have created hostile enemies and are paying for it. Trade has collapsed, the red tape and border checks are crippling, firms are going bust and it’s all being hidden up!!!
Brexit is shaping to be even worse that Project Fear was saying it would be. Farage, Johnson and Gove want locking up. I don’t know about £350 million a week for the NHS – they are bankrupting the country. This is costing us a fortune.
At the moment the vaccines are being weaponised in this ‘war’. The AstraZeneca is being shunned and called dangerous by the EU and they are threatening to stop the Pfizer from going to the UK. That could scupper my second shot.
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot – I think we’ve shot ourselves in the head. Things can only get worse!!
But don’t worry! The Tories have sewn up the BBC, own all the tabloids and everything will be hunky dory. They’ll blame it on Covid and the EU. They even made protests impossible!
Oh for opposition!!! They are literally getting away with murder – 125,000 to be precise.
What an incompetent bunch of crooks!! They’ve made lying an artform!!
The more one finds out about the dodgy deals and corruption the worse it gets. Billions of pounds have been squandered on Tory cronies. All of this huge amount of money will be paid back through years of austerity for nurses and public servants while these profiteers pocket millions.
This is from the Good Law Project.
Good Law Project
This week’s Panorama gave us the extraordinary tale of a dog food supplier turned PPE broker bagging herself millions acting as a ‘bridge’ for a Hong Kong supplier. Details of the largest contract – worth £178m – came to light only after the BBC’s probing prompted the Government to publish. It sought to explain its failure as an “admin error.” But even if true – which we doubt – this doesn’t justify a further breach of the law on transparency.
Despite the High Court ruling in our favour last month that Matt Hancock had broken the law in failing to publish pandemic contracts, the failures continue.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson and his Minister mislead Parliament about the scale of the breaches. And refuse to come clean about the beneficiaries of its ‘VIP’ lane. In his judgment, Judge Chamberlain said “The Secretary of State spent vast quantities of public money on pandemic-related procurements during 2020. The public were entitled to see who this money was going to, what it was being spent on and how the relevant contracts were awarded.”
We agree. And so we have written to Matt Hancock launching new legal proceedings for his continuing failures to comply with the law. Our grounds focus on two key issues:
First, the Secretary of State’s failure to comply with his obligations to publish Contracts Finder notices (CFNs) within the requisite 90 days. In relation to contracts entered into on or before 7 October 2020, he had failed to do so in well over 50% of cases.
Second, the Secretary of State’s decision to obscure the key provisions in contracts. Many contracts are being published in heavily redacted form – one example from December shows the quantity, unit price, size and colour of gowns being redacted; another contract entered into almost a year ago but published only this month is so heavily redacted that no information whatsoever is visible regarding what was even purchased. Publication in this form isn’t transparency; it is advertising the lack of it.
“One unfortunate consequence of non-compliance with the transparency obligations…is that people can start to harbour suspicions of improper conduct…” said Judge Chamberlain in last month’s judgment. We agree. If they have nothing to hide why won’t they publish?
Jolyon Maugham Director of Good Law Project
There are millions of pounds given to procurers for PPE (two phones calls – thank you very much).
There are Billions for Dido Harding – 2300 managers on £163,000 a year. A system that has never worked.
There are millions given to firms who have no expertise in that area.
There is a pay freeze for carers, teachers and front-line workers. There is a 1% pay rise for nurses.
These are the days of lies, spin, corruption and gullibility.
There is always plenty of money for PPE procurers, Tory shires, cronies of the Tory Party, for wasting on useless apps and Track and Trace, for bankers bonuses, for CEOs, for politicians pay rises.
Sometimes you do a double take. This is what is causing our deficit!! This is the incompetence, cronyism and corruption. We really need to pay these managers £163,000???? I think not. I know very competent people who would do it for a fraction of that! Oh – I forgot – they are not Tory donors. They aren’t eligible.
So Key workers get a kick in the face. Bankers and profiteers get multimillion pound bonus and fools still vote Tory!!
We get what we deserve.
George Monbiot explains how the Tory Government has wasted billions taking contracts away from the professionakls in the public services and giving them to incompetent Tory patrons.
The result is that billions of pounds of our money has gone to wealthy incompetent people who have made a complete mess of everything.
We do not have an adequate Test and Trace system. We do not have a tracking app because the Tory fools put in charge are incapable.
These people are making a fortune and their incompetence is killing tens of thousands of us!!
Thank you John Peachey!
Quietly, under the cover of the Covid crisis, this government is using its majority and taking advantage of the lack of scrutiny created by the pandemic, to shovel contracts through to its business friends without tendering.
Corruption is rife.
Accountability is non-existent.
With a huge majority they think they can do what they like. With emergency regulations they have carte blanche to do all manner of corrupt deals.