If you tuned in to the BBC’s Any Questions at around 1.15pm today, you may have enjoyed the same experience I did: a guest, exasperated at the Johnson government’s abject failure to devise any effective policies to restrict the spread of Covid-19.
All that Boris Johnson and his Minister of Death, Matt Hancock, have achieved is the creation of a huge reservoir of distrust across the nation as regulation after nonsensical regulation fails to stem the tide.
His problem is that he is desperate to keep money flowing to his chums, the rich businesspeople who donate cash to the Conservative Party on a regular basis. For that, he needs to ensure that people go to work in spite of the fact that they are more likely to catch the virus in the workplace or on the way to work. Sending our children and young people to school and university has also hugely worsened the spread.
And he has made it worse by abusing the emergency system of awarding contracts without going through the normal procedure of inviting tenders from multiple companies and awarding the contract to the one best-suited to honour it, according to established criteria.
Instead of giving contracts to those best-suited, Johnson has handed them to Tories – some of them running start-ups or firms that were non-functional – and has received very little in return.
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis explained the issue on the BBC’s Question Time last Thursday (October 8):
“The expertise of the NHS is not part and parcel of this system – you have complete failure.”@yanisvaroufakis says the government’s obsession with giving contracts to private firms has turned UK Covid testing into a “shambles”. #bbcqt pic.twitter.com/jVuzcsKmSh
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) October 8, 2020
Yet more and more Tory cronies are on the gravy train – doing less and less for your cash. Look at the state of this:
Oh my word. Prepare to explode.
More than 1,000 consultants from Deloitte on Test and Trace programme – and they are pocketing up to £2,360 A DAY for each of its consultants. https://t.co/UTuLxciWjQ
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) October 8, 2020
This is a scandal
It may also be yet another of many examples of ELITE CORRUPTION https://t.co/xqY80nY1p1
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) October 8, 2020
Meanwhile the test and trace system run, contrary to logic, by Tory peer, former jockey and business failure Dido Harding, continues to fail the nation:
— Labour Press (@labourpress) October 8, 2020
Dido Harding 'must consider her positions' as test and trace hits lowest ever level https://t.co/EnVdknV22k
— Damo (@Cornish_Damo) October 8, 2020
She won’t “consider her position”, of course. She’ll carry on draining the Treasury of cash because that’s Tory greed for you.
And they don’t mind the fact that people are dying. They don’t mind that at all.
Enough is enough.
This crisis has been here long enough that there’s no reason for the emergency contract system to remain in place for it; even though the Tories might not be able to predict what new equipment and personnel will be needed in the future, our experienced civil servants and NHS experts should.
Let’s see the Tories reopen the contract system to multiple tenders, with assignments of Covid-related contracts going to the firms best-suited for the work.
Or – indeed – to the public organisations and authorities best-placed to handle it.
Don’t you agree that giving control of the response to Coronavirus back to people who actually know what they’re doing might turn the tide?
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