It had to happen – and it couldn’t happen at a more appropriate time.
Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock are being taken to court for bypassing normal tendering procedures in order to give important public sector roles to their personal friends.
NEW: The PM & Matt Hancock are being sued for giving top-ranking Tories key Test and Trace jobs without advertising roles. They've been given notice of legal proceedings by @RunnymedeTrust & @GoodLawProject for alleged cronyism over "jobs for pals" row. https://t.co/qw0b4mGCyU
— Nadine White (@Nadine_Writes) November 2, 2020
According to the Huffington Post story, the court case by the Runnymede Trust and the Good Law Project focuses on the Tories appearing to have breached their public sector equality duty under the Equality Act 2010 by filling senior public sector roles with their mates:
Recruitment without open competition may be indirect discrimination on grounds of, in particular, race and disability, contrary to the landmark equality legislation.
The Tories have a defence against that, which is that the rules were waived under emergency procedures, in order to establish new roles to tackle Covid-19 as quickly and efficiently as possible.
And we know about them! What about all the other contracts these Tories have awarded? The contracts we know nothing about – other than their £4 billion cost – because Boris Johnson hasn’t allowed them to be made public?
It will probably come as no surprise to anyone to learn that the government has failed to publish any information about £4bn of Covid-related contracts awarded to private companies, in what appears to be a continuing breach of UK law https://t.co/4q1zyPF69A
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) November 9, 2020
What is Johnson hiding?
The Twitterati have made up their own minds already:
The government is really now just an organised criminal enterprise. https://t.co/mLSpLDLRsp
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) November 9, 2020
UK news is now just a tawdry parade of Tories looting public money. Prosecutions must follow, but probably won't, and we'll never see a penny of this money back. Vote Tory, get mugged. https://t.co/EYj0xiViaL
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) November 10, 2020
£670,000 of taxpayers' money straight into the pockets of Dominic Cummings' family friends pic.twitter.com/LPOiGMJtsh
— 🌈 Angela Rayner 🌈 (@AngelaRayner) November 10, 2020
The stench of ELITE CORRUPTION in the UK – carried out with IMPUNITY – is overwhelming https://t.co/50Muw2IJqD
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) November 10, 2020
I gave the job of Vaccine Task Force chief to Kate Bingham, wife of a Tory MP who went to school with my sister. She paid £670k for PR to a firm linked to Dominic Cummings’ father in law. I hope no-one reports this to our Anti-Corruption Champion, Dido Harding’s husband.
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) November 10, 2020
UK unemployment rate jumps to 4.8%, though is expected to go back down when ministers start handing out vaccine contracts to their mates.
— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) November 10, 2020
There appears to be a considerable amount of public support for this legal action against the government. A crowd fundraising effort towards litigation fees titled It’s Time For An End To Cronyism has achieved its £30,000 goal in just 24 hours.
Best thing to come out of it? This:
This is so GREAT! @sophie_e_hill has built 'My Little Crony' – an interactive visualization of the connections between Tory politicians & companies being awarded govt contracts
— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) November 10, 2020
The extent of the corruption and cronyism this app maps out is horrifying – and all using public money belonging to the people of the UK.
We deserve better – especially when the issue at hand is a global pandemic that is raging through the country, killing our loved ones at the rate of one every three minutes.
This court case cannot start soon enough. The evidence alone should be devastating to Johnson, the Tories … and, of course, their cronies.
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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