Firms linked to Tories have won £500 million coronavirus contracts without having to bid.
Labour said at least thirteen companies got the contract with no competitive tendering as companies with links to the Conservatives doing well out of publicly financed projects.
Firms linked to the Tory Party have won almost £500 million in pandemic contracts without having to bid and Shadow Cabinet Office minister Rachel Reeves said that there has been a disturbing pattern of companies with links to projects throughout this pandemic.
People want their governments to use public money fairly and they don’t expect contracts to end up with minister’s mates and Rachel Reeves said that she’s demanding an independent inquiry.
One firm, Randox, received £133 million for COVID testing.
It pays Tory MP and former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson £8,333 a month as an adviser and earlier this month, 750,000 unused Randox testing kits were recalled over safety concerns.
Serco is paid £108 million for running the national contact-tracing service and almost £46 million by the DWP to run call centres.
Health minister Edward Argar was a senior executive and boss Rupert Soames is the brother of former Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames.
In November 2019, Rupert Soame’s wife Camilla donated £4,995 to the Tory Party.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, which won seven contracts, hired Theresa May’s former top aide Gavin Barwell as a strategic adviser in January. He is also a non-executive adviser at Arcadis, which was awarded a £1.5 million consultancy contract with the Ministry of Justice in April.
Public First Limited gets £840,000 to run focus groups for No 10. It’s owned by James Frayne, who started the New Frontiers think tank in 2003 with Dominic Cummings.
Dragontown Limited was given a contract worth £675,000 to supply PPE to London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Lady Xuelin Bates, a director of this firm, is the wife of Tory peer and former minister Lord Bates and has given £30,000 to the Tories.
It seems that birds of a feather flock together and seems to always occur when the Tories are in control, and even when other parties are in power.
And if these firms were the best available at the time, then there’s no problem, but clearly, if they were given an advantage over other firms then the award should be looked into and any wrongdoing dispensed with.
The only dilemma is that nobody else got a look in and the process wasn’t put out to tender, they were given straight over to these firms and the truth is that people have thrown tax money to friends which will cost all the small people in the long run.
Every day we find out how defective this government is but the media won’t publicise this because they’re equally as rotten and we need to demand a general election now and a call for a no-confidence vote.
We look and sneer at Vladamir Putin’s depravity and Donald Trump’s depravity and yet on our own doorstep, under our watch, we’re letting swine banging Etonians strip the soul out of this country and then blame it on the people.
The harsh fact of the matter is that the problem has never been EU membership, immigration, bankers, benefit cheats or any other scapegoat that they choose to postulate as our adversary.
The problem that society has right now is that those who are in control across the globe are more concerned with keeping that power and topping up their bank balance than actually sitting down and focusing on how to resolve the problems of the world.