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Liz Truss, Ayanda Capital, and yet another PPE scandal from the illegal ‘VIP lane’

Backhander: I use this image for obvious reasons – see the story below.

Here’s Carol Vorderman:

She’s reminding us that your Tory government spaffed hundreds of millions of pounds on its very rich friends when it should have been safeguarding us all from Covid-19 – and the money has never been recovered.

Undoubtedly there will be more on this and other scandals as the information is prised from the unwilling grip of the Tories responsible.

Hundreds of doctors to sue NHS because government PPE failings gave them Long Covid

One MORE time: the PPE used in UK hospitals is pictured bottom right. Hundreds of doctors are now suing the UK government because they say they contracted Long Covid due to the inadequacy of the PPE they were provided.

In a sane country, wouldn’t this be enough reason for a government to take action to recover the millions (billions?) of pounds it wasted on useless Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 crisis?

Hundreds of doctors plan to sue the NHS, claiming a lack of proper PPE left them disabled with Long Covid.

The case centres on an NHS diktat to downgrade the level of masks when the virus took hold. Staff were only required to wear blue surgical masks, plastic aprons and gloves.

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They claim they are facing financial ruin and that authorities should have known they were being placed at risk.

The government could recoup a huge amount of money, just by taking action to claw back the money wasted on inadequate PPE.

For example: what about the £203 million given to PPE Medpro, the company pushed through the illegal Tory VIP lane for contracts by Michelle Mone, who’s said to have profited by £65 million from the deal?

That could provide a million quid in compensation for more than 200 doctors with Long Covid.

And its just the tip of the VIP lane iceberg.

Why does the public purse always have to pay for the profligate failures of the government?

Source: Hundreds of doctors to sue NHS after lack of proper PPE left them disabled with Long Covid – Mirror Online


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Alleged PPE profiteer Michelle moans after husband is accused over business tactics

Ill-gotten gains? Michelle Mone posed on the deck of her husband’s £6 million yacht, ‘Lady M’ – which may have been bought with government money, paid for PPE equipment during the Covid crisis – that didn’t work.

Michelle Mone, the Ultimo bra businesswoman who became a Tory peer and then allegedly made millions pushing useless PPE on the government through the illegal ‘VIP lane’, is not happy.

Apparently her husband Doug Barrowman may soon be nicked by HM Revenue and Customs for tax avoidance:

Lady Mone seems to think her husband’s woes are due to the efforts of tax expert Dan Neidle, who was most recently seen explaining why Post Office Limited may become insolvent after allegedly fiddling its own taxes relevant to the sub-postmasters scandal.

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Apparently he’s about to publish “serious allegations” about Barrowman and his business:

Mr Neidle has been happy to draw attention to Lady Moan’s rant, so one supposes she can’t say he hasn’t given her the right of reply. Here it is:

Has he advised corporations on tax avoidance? He says no:

Still, let’s keep an open mind and see what she says, yes?


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Tories can’t prove £259 BILLION of public procurement was spent ‘wisely’

This is your money – squandered mostly on Covid-related contracts, from the look of it.

Here’s some detail:

The findings follow heavy criticism of government procurement particularly during the Covid pandemic, including the use of a VIP lane for potential suppliers of personal protective equipment who had links to politicians or government officials. A court ruled last year that the priority lane set up to collate PPE bids was unlawful because it failed to comply with public contract regulations.

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About those Covid contracts…


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Michelle Mone threatened to sue those who said she was lying. Now they’re suing back

Lady Mone: the accuser is now the accused.

Actions have consequences, as Michelle Mone is discovering.

While she was claiming innocence in the PPE MedPro scandal, she threatened court action against news publications that published stories about it.

Now she has admitted lying about her involvement, some of those media outlets are keen to recoup the money they had to spend defending themselves.

One of them is The New European – and the Good Law Project, a group of lawyers that has been researching the PPE procurement scandal in order to carry out court action of its own in the public interest, is going to help.

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Here’s what Good Law has to say:

We won’t let wealthy individuals with powerful connections silence media organisations and campaigners working to expose the truth. So we’re supporting The New European to launch a case against Michelle Mone early in the new year.

The newspaper has spent thousands of pounds defending itself against Mone’s legal threats, and we think there is a legal mechanism to recover those costs – where there is ‘deceit’.

And they’re not the only ones. Media outlets such as the Guardian, The Mirror, Byline Times, The National and Tortoise – as well as many other freelance reporters – have had to spend time and money dealing with defamation threats because of their reporting on PPE Medpro.

“The law must not allow itself to become a tool whereby those with money can bully and silence those with none,” said the Executive Director of Good Law Project, Jo Maugham. “We aim to create further jeopardy for those who engage in these kinds of egregious breaches.”

“Mone sought to pretend that the Lady M yacht had nothing to do with her,” said Matt Kelly, Editor in Chief of The New European. “That is a nonsense.”

“We were forced to spend several thousand pounds of costs in legal fees responding to her mendacious threats. We want our money back,” he added. “More than that, we want to establish a future deterrent against wealthy individuals willing to lie to stymie honest reporting. We look forward to seeing Mone in court in the new year.”

Source: We’re helping The New European sue Michelle Mone – Good Law Project


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Mone moans, Bethell contradicts; but where did he get his evidence?

Lord Bethell: he also previously claimed he never used his private accounts for official business so we know he’s a liar. Right?

After Michelle Mone admitted lying about her involvement with a £220 million contract for PPE that she arranged with the government via the illegal ‘VIP lane’ procurement system, Rishi Sunak spoke up – and opened his own can of worms.

All he did was say he couldn’t speak about the issue because it was under investigation, but that the government is taking it “incredibly seriously”.

But this seems to have triggered Lady Moan:

Later the same day, she posted the following on ‘X’:

The Good Law Project, which has been investigating the PPE procurement scandal in order to launch court proceedings of its own, chimed in with the factual information that was available to it as a result:

It seems clear that Sunak has his own questions to answer about profiteering from the Covid-19 crisis.

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But this is where the story becomes interesting: the next person to leap into the ring was Lord James Bethell – with information he had previously claimed not to have:

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell called it a “Christmas miracle” – but it’s the context note added by other ‘X’ users that is useful here:

The note reads: “Lord Bethell has previously had a government lawyer issue a witness statement that he had lost his phone in early 2021 and lost all access to SMS and WhatsApp messages prior to that date. The message he has posted is dated 20202.”

So he should not have it, and a government lawyer issued an official statement to that effect – perhaps one of the government lawyers currently working on the accusations against Mone.

Here are a couple more ‘X’ posts, providing evidence about Bethell and his trustworthiness – or lack of it:

People have raised an obvious question about all this – but in fact there are several, which may be divided into two sets:

1. It seems clear that Bethell has regained access to his WhatsApp messages from 2020. Is he passing the machine from which he retrieved them over to the Covid inquiry? If not, why not?

2. Who is on the government team investigating Mone? Were any of them involved in the defence of Bethell over his WhatsApps? Were any involved in the procurement of PPE from PPE Medpro or Mone’s dialogue with the government via the ‘VIP lane’? If so, are there not clear conflicts of interest? Should these matters be handed over to a completely separate set of legal experts?


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Mone admits profiting from PPE sale – and lying – but plays the victim. Narcissism?

Ill-gotten gains? Michelle Money posed on the deck of her husband’s £6 million yacht, ‘Lady M’ – which may have been bought with government money that was used during the Covid crisis to pay for PPE equipment – that didn’t work.

Let’s have a quick reminder of the Michelle Mone/Medpro PPE saga:

That clip was made a while ago. Ms (is she still a baroness?) Mone has since appeared in a BBC interview, in which she admitted lying to the press, and therefore the public, about her involvement with PPE Medpro and the Tory government’s ‘VIP lane’ fast-track procurement system.

Here‘s The Guardian:

Mone said she “wasn’t trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes” and had not told the truth about her involvement to protect her family from press attention. When it was put to her that she had admitted lying to the press, Mone replied: “That’s not a crime.”

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Maybe not, but she is facing a criminal investigation:

The National Crime Agency is conducting an investigation into alleged criminal offences in the procurement of the contracts by the company.

The couple [Mone and husband Doug Barrowman] were facing criminal allegations of conspiracy to defraud, fraud by false representation and bribery. They both deny wrongdoing.

They both deny wrongdoing.

We could discuss the strange deference of the BBC in sending a camera crew to whichever foreign country Mone is using as a hiding-place, just to get her side of the story.

But isn’t it far more interesting to discuss the mentality of a person who has admitted being involved in an illegal government procurement system, admitted profiting from it (if by proxy, according to her statement), but still insists that she has done nothing wrong?

Referring to the yacht, ‘Lady M’, that was allegedly bought with £6 million of PPE Medpro money that had come from the government, here’s what Mone had to offer:

Mone said: “It’s not my yacht. It’s not my money. I don’t have that money and my kids don’t have that money, and my children and family have gone through so much pain because of the media. They have not got £29m.”

Mone was pressed on why she did not mention PPE Medpro in her register of financial interests as a member of the House of Lords. She said the Cabinet Office had advised her that she did not need to.

It’s always somebody else’s fault. “So much pain because of the media.” “The Cabinet Office had advised her that she did not need to.”

Isn’t that the behaviour of a narcissist?

According to Simply Psychology,

A narcissist cannot accept being anything less than perfect. To continue living in their fantasy, they have to deny any shortcomings and wrongdoings. They do this by projecting any undesirable traits or behaviours onto other people – known as narcissistic projection.

So any wrongdoing is the fault of the Cabinet Office, or the media, or anybody else as long as it isn’t the fault of Michelle Mone.

One might suggest that this alone is enough to undermine her defence. Wouldn’t you?


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VIP Lane Covid-19 contracts inflated by £925m | Good Law Project

Yet again: the image This Site used to mock the personal protective equipment that was available to medical staff in the UK during the Covid pandemic.

The Good Law Project has been doing excellent work on this Tory Covid crisis scandal. Here are the headlines from the latest update on the illegal ‘VIP lane’ procurement route that was exclusively for friends and colleagues of Tory MPs:

Fast-track contracts handed out to Tory connections were 80% more expensive than other suppliers.

Doesn’t this mean that the government could have bought nearly twice as many supplies – and, from reputable providers, they might have been useful – if it had awarded contracts in a manner that wasn’t corrupt?

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Some contracts were agreed at more than four times the average unit price.

This Writer would like to know who was awarded these contracts and what there connection to Tory MPs or government ministers might have been.

And a quarter of the money awarded through the VIP lane was wasted on equipment that couldn’t be used. Last year, Spotlight on Corruption revealed that VIP firms supplied £1bn worth of PPE that was not fit for purpose, amounting to 26% of the money spent in this way.

We knew about this already. But was has been done to recoup that lost cash? Nothing?

Here’s a good bit:

The Department of Health and Social Care did not contest any of Good Law Project’s figures but said the ”priority throughout the pandemic was to save lives” adding that the department “acted swiftly to procure PPE at the height of the pandemic, competing in an overheated global market where demand massively outstripped supply. Due diligence was carried out on all companies and every company was subjected to the same checks.”

If due diligence was indeed carried out, and £1bn worth of contracts were still awarded to firms that could not fulfil them to the required standard, then it seems to me that multiple sackings for incompetence should have taken place in that department.

Who’s with me?

Source: VIP Lane contracts inflated by £925m – Good Law Project


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Is this why Michelle Mone is still free as a bird, despite her (alleged) PPE corruption?

Off the hook? Baroness Mone. One wonders whether she has darkened the doors of the House of Lords again, now Rishi Sunak appears to have cancelled any court action over the PPE procurement scandal involving her.

It seems that – under pressure from UK prime minister Rishi Sunak, whose government green-lit a torrent of corrupt PPE procurement deals during the Covid-19 crisis – judges in our courts have withdrawn permission to challenge PPE procurement deals on any level at all.

Despite the fact that enormous amounts of public money were handed over to friends and cronies of the Conservative government in return for nothing at all useful, these judges have said there is no public interest in how that public money is spent.

Jolyon Maugham of the Good Law Project, which brought judicial review cases on many of these PPE deals, has taken to ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) to explain what has happened:

The pages from Mr Maugham’s book carry two stand-out passages for This Writer. First is this:

“‘I have the greatest respect for our judiciary and the rule of law in this country,’ wrote Rishi Sunak, before proceeding to threaten a new measure ‘which he would activate in the event of judicial recidivism*’. You can threaten judges who find against you or you can claim respect for the rule of law, but you can’t do both.”

Then we have this: “Our senior judges are drawn from an incredibly narrow section of society. They are the overwhelming beneficiary of the status quo and, the statistics show, went to school and university with those in government whose acts they now judge. Taken as a class, their politics and social outlook are bound to align with those who hold political and cultural power.”

Put it all together and we may conclude that judicial reviews of PPE procurement processes were halted not just because judges were threatened with a loss of power, but because they didn’t want to find against their friends in government and business.

And that brings us to Michelle Mone, who recommended PPE Medpro to provide Personal Protective Equipment to the UK government during the Covid crisis?

It won a contract via the Tory government’s illegal “fast track” – and then failed to come up with the goods; the government said the equipment wasn’t up to scratch, although the firm reckoned it passed inspections.

Baroness Mone and her family allegedly made £65 million from Medpro’s profits. This Site heard about this scandal in November last year, and shortly afterwards, she took a leave of absence from the House of Lords.

Nothing was heard of her for months, and then she suddenly reappeared, being photographed at fashionable London locations:

Is this the reason? Was she tipped off that it was possible for her to return to the UK because Rishi Sunak had made sure she would be protected from any kind of punishment for her actions, and she would not have to return the millions she took from the public purse?

*Recidivism: “the tendency of convicted criminals to continue to offend”. So Sunak was comparing judges with criminals, despite the evidence that it was his government that had behaved illegally.

Matt Hancock trashes Tory Covid-19 policy at the Covid Inquiry

Matt Hancock: he was a Covid-19 super-spreader, if you remember.

Yesterday (Tuesday, June 27) was Matt Hancock’s big day at the Covid Inquiry – and he didn’t waste any words trashing Tory policy.

This Writer’s problem will be if there’s a discrepancy between what he’s saying now and what he did back then – spring 2020 onwards. I’m pretty sure there is, but let’s establish what he said first.

Oh dear! He fell at the first hurdle.

This Site has covered the matter of asymptomatic transmission – and especially how it related to care homes – extensively. You can get a flavour of it in this article about a leak of WhatsApp messages earlier this year – and it also contains many links to other articles on the subject.

Hancock also had a few things to say about care homes…

Here’s a biggie: BREXIT ENDED LIVES:

Oh hang on – Hancock reckons some of the Brexit preparedness stuff would have helped with Covid-19, too…

 

For the rest, I’m going to rely on a lot of information from Robert Peston, who was live-tweeting while Hancock was giving his testimony. It runs as follows:

Let’s have a response from people who lost family members because of the government’s Covid-19 failures:

For the moment, I’m presenting this evidence as it is. Feel free to draw your own conclusions about it. I’ll want some time to look into the implications.

It seems certain the inquiry will turn up more – and possibly even more damning – evidence as it continues.