Were you alarmed by the ’emergency alert’ test? Either way, this might trouble you

Alert: apparently the contract for the smartphone test that happened yesterday (April 23, 2023) was given to Fujitsu, the firm that bungled the Horizon Post Office software – and which immediately sub-contracted it to Infosys, the firm run by UK prime minister Rishi Sunak’s father-in-law, in which his wife holds millions of pounds worth of shares. Conflict of interest?

It seems the test of the ’emergency alert’ signal on everybody’s smartphone may be another example of Tory nepotism and corruption.

Here’s how:

The contract certainly went to Fujitsu – I have found articles here and here supporting that claim.

I have yet to find proof that it was sub-contracted to Infosys, although it is certainly true that the company owned by UK prime minister Rishi Sunak’s father-in-law, in which his wife holds millions of pounds worth of shares, has worked on other such systems in the past. If anybody can confirm or deny the claim, This Site would like to hear about it.

The Cabinet Office has been contacted for comment.

If it is the case, then I cannot recall Sunak ever declaring this interest when the contract was handed out. At a time when he is under investigation for failing to declare his interest in another government contract handed out to one of his wife’s companies… might this be damaging for him?

ADDITIONAL: A Government spokesperson said“This is completely untrue – there are no connections with Infosys in the running of the Emergency Alerts system.”

More information to follow in an article later.

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  1. The Toffee April 24, 2023 at 11:09 am - Reply

    IIRC wasn’t Fujitsu responsible for the ‘Horizon’ software that saw those postmasters wrongly jailed for theft, despite them both (Fujitsu AND the Post Office) knowing full well the programme was responsible for the accounting shortfalls?

    • Tony April 25, 2023 at 10:37 am - Reply


      “Alert contract for Post Office scandal firm Fujitsu criticised by peers”
      by Becky Morton, Political reporter, 19 April 2023 (BBC website).

      My understanding is that some people were driven to suicide.

  2. kateuk April 24, 2023 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    If true, it’s possible that Sunak either didn’t know who any subcontractors were, or would say that it’s entirely up to Fujitsu who they use as subcontractors. However it’s also possible that words (totally off the record of course) were had in the right ears, or even that someone at Fujitsu thought that doing this might merit a return favour at a later date. After all, that’s how the rich get richer, right?

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