For once, Johnson was right – it takes ‘world-beating’ incompetence to screw up the health service mid-pandemic crisis

Matt Hancock: one look in those eyes and you know nobody’s home.

Matt Hancock has secured his position in the top rank of Tory chumps alongside Boris ‘holibobs’ Johnson, Chris ‘failing’ Grayling and Gavin ‘algorithm’ Williamson – by announcing a huge reorganisation of the health service in the middle of a health crisis.

He’s handing control of the UK’s response to pandemic threats over to a new ‘agency’ that will partner the government with private firms, even though every single partnership with private businesses over the handling of Covid-19 has resulted in failure and chaos.

Hancock seems to think he can hide the facts by denying them, hence his comment that partnering up with corporate giants is “the best way through”.

He actually said: “We couldn’t have expanded testing in the way that we did.” That system failed.

He actually said: “We couldn’t have expanded contact tracing in the way that we did.” That system failed.

But he was right in this: “The truth is we couldn’t have done this without the private sector.”

He is right – in that the private sector should take equal responsibility with the government that employed it for causing the preventable deaths of nearly 70,000 UK citizens.

Because believe me, that is the sum total of all that has been achieved by the Conservative government in its Covid-19 strategy that involved partnership with the private sector.

Expert advice is that closing Public Health England and replacing it with a privatised lash-up is a “major misstep”.

Nigel Edwards, the chief executive of the Nuffield Trust, [said]: “The government risks making a major misstep by dismantling its own public health agency at such a crucial time, creating a huge distraction for staff who should be dedicating themselves to the next stage of the pandemic.

“There is no clear argument as to why this rebranding and reshuffling will solve some of the problems highlighted by the secretary of state today.”

It is certain to cause huge distraction – at a time when that’s the last thing the health service needs:

Independent SAGE, the independent group of scientists providing advice about the Covid-19 pandemic, offered its own opinion here:

This is particularly telling [bolding mine]:

“Independent SAGE does not agree with the course that the government appears to be taking and is concerned that it will further destroy the confidence of public health staff. The changes are of such magnitude and importance that they should be the subject of close parliamentary scrutiny. However, if the government makes a decision to proceed down this path Independent SAGE advises as follows:

Any new organisation needs to be operating under trained, qualified and experienced public-health leadership.

So why the hell has he put his good friend, former jockey Dido Harding, in the job?

Why did she get the job? I think Carole Cadwallader has an inkling:

If that looks like corruption to you, you’re unlikely to be alone!

What a good thing the government has measures in place to prevent corruption from happening.

Take a look! Oh dear…

Last word in this article can go to Melanie Melvin, who puts this whole affair in perspective. We could have had a proper response to Covid-19 if we’d had a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn – but too many right-wing cuckoos had worked themselves into the party and did too much damage to his reputation for that to happen.

That is why Matt Hancock is health secretary now. It’s why he has been able to dismantle even more of the public health service and replace it with private asset-strippers – under a blatant lie that the best-working part of the UK’s Covid-19 tragedy was these profiteers and their blithering incompetence.

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  1. trev August 19, 2020 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Will this new ‘agency’ be comprised of American companies I wonder?

    • Mike Sivier August 19, 2020 at 11:54 pm - Reply

      If so, then that’s foreign interference in UK politics, isn’t it?

      • trev August 20, 2020 at 6:33 am - Reply

        Yes it certainly is, and it’s also another example of Privatization by the backdoor.

  2. Paul Atkin August 19, 2020 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    “…under a blatant lie that the best-working part of the UK’s Covid-19 tragedy with these profiteers and their blithering incompetence”. Sorry Mike, I couldn’t make any sense of that – perhaps you could rephrase it?

    • Mike Sivier August 19, 2020 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      Typo – should’ve been “was” not “with”. Fixed now. Thanks for the heads-up.

  3. Hecuba August 20, 2020 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Lardy fascist dictator boris receives the wooden spoon for his world beating; earth shattering abysmal failure to even pretend to be a Prime Minister.

    Fascist dictator lardy boris and his quislings – the equally incompetent bunch of fascist tory ministers have created a new world record – how to remain in political power by destroying democracy and ensuring second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic happens!

    All those greasy fascist tory palms being greased with corporate owned company money and of course corruption isn’t rife with the fascist tory government!

    Look guess who is overseeing the fake so-called independent ‘anti corruption champion (really??? what a load of trash) is Dido Harding’s husband who just happens to be a fascist tory MP and one of lardy fascist boris’s cronies. So the crooks are in charge of overseeing other crooks! Well done fascist tories!

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