I know. It’s just a coincidence.
But isn’t it interesting that, the day after This Site asked, “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?” the Tories are talking about doing just that?
I had suggested, “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.”
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick made the admission that this will happen on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today (October 11): “People who know their own community… are bound to be better than Whitehall or national contact tracers.”
Here’s the clip:
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 11, 2020
There’s an obvious question to be answered here:
Robert Jenrick effectively confirms Sunday Times story on more contact tracing to be done by councils. He tells Marr people who know their community “are bound to be better” than Whitehall or centralised contact tracers. Begs the question – why weren't they used in first place?
— Dan Bloom (@danbloom1) October 11, 2020
Yes – why weren’t they used in the first place?
The obvious answer is that individuals within the Johnson government have corruptly and opportunistically used the pandemic as a chance to funnel cash to their fellow-Tory friends. Certainly there is a movement now to find out how much money has been wasted on so-called services that haven’t worked at all:
The Govt have wasted £12,000,000,000 on Serco test & Trace.
Now after 8 months Robert Jenrick on #Marr admits that local systems do work better.
The money trail needs to be investigated. If this was any other type of transaction, we'd be asking for a refund.#Ridge
— Jon Jones (@JonJonesSnr) October 11, 2020
Robert Jenrick says local councils "bound to be better" than centralised contact tracers.
Why has it taken them 6 months to work this out when local public health teams have 97% contact tracing success rate vs 62% for outsourced Serco call centres?
Could it be ideology? #Marr
— 🌈 Angela Rayner 🌈 (@AngelaRayner) October 11, 2020
That question of wasted time is crucial because many people have died.
What happens if we find that those deaths happened because the Tories were giving money to their friends – for nothing – rather than to people who could actually keep that death toll down?
Will there be any accountability?
Or will Boris Johnson just shrug his shoulders, say “Now is not the time,” and forget about it?
For further information, here‘s the Mirror‘s piece.
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