Johnson’s government has spent £100 million on consultants because he can’t think for himself

Spaffer: Boris Johnson has thrown so much money at private consultants and contractors that the UK’s financial stability is in peril.

The cost of privatisation: faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, Boris Johnson has paid consultants more than £100 million to do his thinking for him – and the cash has been wasted.

Clearly it’s money for old rope, considering the failure of every policy announced by Johnson and his cronies including Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson and Dominic Raab.

And the waste is very clearly a result of privatisation; before Tory neoliberalism demanded that even ideas should be outsourced, governments used to rely on people called civil servants who spent their entire careers in public service and could therefore be relied on to know how things worked.

Those people have been largely ostracised, retired or otherwise cast out by know-nothings like David Cameron, Theresa May and now Johnson, in favour of their know-nothing friends in the private sector. Here’s the gist from the Financial Times:

The UK’s largest consulting firms have been paid more than £100m to advise the government on its response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a string of delayed disclosures from Whitehall in recent weeks. A total of 106 contracts worth £109m have been agreed between various government departments and consulting firms such as PwC, Deloitte and McKinsey since March, as civil servants scrambled for support to source personal protective equipment, set up test and trace programmes and acquire thousands of new ventilators as the pandemic gathered pace.

The UK’s public finances are now in a terrible state after Johnson and his people awarded huge contracts to firms that were incapable of honouring them – some of which even turned out to be dormant companies – on the advice of firms like PwC, Deloitte and McKinsey. Weren’t these people supposed to be cheaper than doing the work in-house?

The government has been mired in scandal because it adopted a biased algorithm to award ‘A’ level results, on the advice of an outsourced consultancy firm.

It’s a well known adage that the definition of madness is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results.

And yet we see Johnson going back to these private consultants for more advice.

Why aren’t we all drawing the obvious conclusion?

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  1. Stu September 1, 2020 at 5:26 am - Reply

    It’s their total lack of empathy and imagination that has always forced the Tories to adopt previously well thought out old Labour policies from their manifesto..

    Problem being is that there are no new well thought out policies now that Corbyn & Co are no longer part of the process, so the inspirational well has now run dry !

  2. jgwood34 September 1, 2020 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Where i worked they bought in these consultants for two weeks to make the business more efficient, they spent over 1 million bucks on these guys, they came up with a absolute game-changer of a plan, stop people going a minute or two early so they fitted in cattle grids to leave the place that would not open till leaving time, did they save anything, oh yes we just stopped earlier, had a coffee and went out for a walk during lunchbreak, there must be a world of these people that convince stupid idiots there good and even better somehow sucker punch them into parting with millions, there plenty of other examples of this as well, getting rid of agency nhs staff was one, which they did, they also paid of consultants, then guess what staff shortage, what happened next, the consultants they paid of came back on agency and they had to hire more

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