People must be wondering just what needs to happen these days for someone to accept responsibility and resign their post.
While everyone was in lockdown, literally thousands of people were dying, those who wrote the rules were busy partying in Downing Street. Invitations were being sent out to over one hundred guests inviting them to take part in a bring your own drink event in the garden at number ten. The Prime Minister and his wife were in attendance. It was only one of several events that took place at regular intervals while everyone else were facing draconian restrictions.
The Prime Minister claims he was unaware of all this, that when he joined the party in his garden he thought he was there to speak with work colleagues and thank them for the work they were doing. If that is true, what the hell is he doing running the country? He doesn’t know there are dozens of people arriving at his house, bringing their own booze, all drinking in his garden. It’s his house, his office, his department of Government yet even still he seeks to find any ridiculous excuse rather than take responsibility.
Has anyone taken responsibility? Don’t be silly, that is so yesterday. Nowadays the tactic is to delay to allow time to build confusion. To hand a civil servant the powers of investigation. You don’t believe that will find the truth do you?
It is nothing of the kind. The “accused” gets to appoint the investigator. The terms of reference are set by the “accused”. The “accused” is the final arbiter who determines whether the ministerial code has been breached and to what extent? It is a farce!
We all know that Covid has provided the perfect platform for extensive profiteering for the friends and associates of Government ministers. It was not difficult to enable this to happen. It just took an “emergency” to suspend all normal procurement rules. Rules that are there to ensure value for money, a fair and equitable system to determine the contract winner, to ensure there is a rigid specification that secures the procurement results in the supplied product or service being adequate for the purpose. Above all, a protection to ensure the taxpayer is not ripped off.
When it came to Covid rules and systems were created, where if you were an associate of a Government Minister you would be supplied with a VIP phone number that provided a fast route to gaining lucrative work. There was no need to demonstrate any track record in manufacturing or trading with the goods that you were offering to supply.
37 BILLION was spent on a track and trace system. This ignored already established local authorities with health monitoring experience and was handed out to a huge facility management and accountancy company. After a few weeks of operation it became clear it wasn’t working very well as the operators did not have the skill set required. What was happening was the minute they came across any complication they were passing the contact to the local authority or health office for them to action rather than the company that was being paid billions to carry out the task.
The call went out for someone to find out exactly what was happening with this track and trace system. When they tried to find out they got a shock, nobody could tell them because the contract “winner” had subcontracted it out to literally hundreds of different companies. Worse, not only was the system failing but these hundreds of companies were also permitted to use the NHS logo. A valuable logo that was now in the hands of a huge number of private companies, companies that were failing, badly failing, to provide the service.
Now the above is only one example of the billions of pounds that have been squandered. There are countless more but, and this is the point of this article, not one minister has resigned. The Government take no responsibility for anything these days and a hopelessly compliant media let them away with it.
So we have track and trace systems that never worked, ferry contracts handed to companies with no ships, a pest control company with a book value of 17k handed PPE supply contracts with more than £100 million pounds and now regular parties in Downing Street while the rest of the country are in strict lockdown. Yet nobody is responsible.
The electorate needs to shake off the apathy that allowed these situations to develop.
Yes that is right we need to take responsibility. Yesterday!
I am, as always
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