You’d think the Tories would have learned their lesson after Liz Truss was caught handing £150 million to a Board of Trade crony for face masks that don’t work.
But no – the UK’s corrupt-to-the-core Tory government won’t learn because it will never face any consequences.
So Tory ministers have handed a further £180 million of our cash to supporters of their political party, on the grounds that it is paying for more PPE (personal protective equipment) that will be used to help treat people with Covid-19.
Will it arrive? I don’t know. If it does, will it work? I doubt it.
Seven contracts – worth £65 million alone – were handed to businessman David Meller’s firm Meller Designs.
Not to be confused with the former Tory minister David Mellor, this Tory donor handed £65,000 to the Tories over the last 10 years, so the contract represents a markup of 1,000 times his outlay.
How did he get his contract to provide gowns, gloves, masks and hand sanitiser? Well, he provided thousands of pounds’ funding for Michael Gove’s failed Tory leadership bid and Gove is now in charge of PPE procurement but perhaps you see no connection there.
According to the government, ministers are not involved in the selection process because there is a “robust” system to ensure that orders are of high quality and meet safety standards.
That’s what they said about Ms Truss’s friend and his face masks, wasn’t it?
Some members of the public are sceptical about the Tories’ protests:
This is pure kleptocracy. And the very institutions/mechanisms designed to hold them to account – from media to inquiries – are captured by & in service of the kleptocrats. https://t.co/hsvIhLIw2F
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈🏴 (@TheMendozaWoman) August 9, 2020
Track the Covid contracts
Trace the money
It’s not an inquiry we need, but a criminal investigation under police caution https://t.co/YLRP13ZNRS
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) August 8, 2020
Are the Tories still using emergency powers to avoid scrutiny of these contracts?
If so, I would have thought the emergency was over.
There’s certainly grounds for suspicion of foul play; the firms themselves may say they submitted their tenders in good faith but the Tory decision-making process deserves scrutiny.
But we know what they’ll say:
First it’ll be “now is not the time”, and then it will be “it’s all in the past”. Consequence-free.
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