Author Topic: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID  (Read 816 times)

Buelligan

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UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« on: August 29, 2020, 12:18:00 PM »
I haven't posted on this board for ages, just don't have time but I saw this vid from DoubleDown News today and thought I really should share it.  Apologies if it's already done the rounds.

Conservatives hand Coronavirus Contracts Worth Millions to Friends | Peter Geoghegan.  It's only five and a half minutes but it encapsulates something that's been buzzing about here and there very well I think.  Do watch it if you have time.  It needs addressing.  It needs publicising.

BlodwynPig

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2020, 01:24:42 PM »
*Blodwyn mentions he’s just been handed a government contract*

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2020, 01:24:57 PM »
Looks like they're using some weird credit checking agency in the application process for covid tests.




Buelligan

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2020, 01:31:24 PM »
As these cunts always say, if you've got nothing to hide...  I never give details or permissions to any of these people, I strongly urge others to do the same.  IMO, their interest in personal data-gathering does not lie in public health or in any other public good, quite the opposite.

But the shocking thing (a shocking thing) is, the British government are giving responsible citizens a choice, use this online facility, paid for by your good selves and be forced to hand over personal private data to a foreign commercial interest or be made to go to a test centre, presumably moving about in common areas when you believe you are infectious.  If you're in a vulnerable group, isolated, without transport and so on, hand it over or fuck off.

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2020, 01:38:18 PM »
As these cunts always say, if you've got nothing to hide...  I never give details or permissions to any of these people, I strongly urge others to do the same.  IMO, their interest in personal data-gathering does not lie in public health or in any other public good, quite the opposite.

I agree but sadly it doesn't take much to convince people to agree to data harvesting. There's enough people saying yes that while they can't make you agree, they can deny you basic services if you don't. Taking a stand is honourable but certainly costs you in inconvenience.

Buelligan

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2020, 01:39:43 PM »
These parasites are so brazen now, they don't even bother to cover their tracks.

I know I'm an obstinate fucker but seriously, I'd honestly rather do anything than oblige these people.  I don't care about convenience, I haven't seen any of that for a long long time.

(Yesterday, I cleaned someone's house, then walked 40 minutes to my other job - brisk walking - did a five and a half hour shift, standing, hard physical work, with no breaks or stops, then walked home again, another 40 minutes, both ways in the pissing rain and working in wet clothes.  All on minimum wage - not the walking, I do that in my own time, for fun.  FUCK CONVENIENCE.)

Fambo Number Mive

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2020, 01:41:11 PM »
"Fraudulent use of testing services"? How is that even a thing?

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2020, 01:45:36 PM »
"Fraudulent use of testing services"? How is that even a thing?

Like voter fraud, it's probably a negligible issue inflated for political reasons.

BlodwynPig

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2020, 01:56:39 PM »
Like voter fraud, it's probably a negligible issue inflated for political reasons.

Its not even that.

Buelligan

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2020, 02:03:27 PM »
"Fraudulent use of testing services"? How is that even a thing?

It's a lever to prevent people asking why their government is making them hand over their private information to a a foreign business whilst implying that outsiders are gaming the system (so we should blame people like immigrants). 

Don't think about what the words mean, just take our word for it and obey.

BlodwynPig

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2020, 03:24:35 PM »
Any way to push back against this?

Of course not

Democracy

Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2020, 03:05:33 PM »
These parasites are so brazen now, they don't even bother to cover their tracks.

I know I'm an obstinate fucker but seriously, I'd honestly rather do anything than oblige these people.  I don't care about convenience, I haven't seen any of that for a long long time.

(Yesterday, I cleaned someone's house, then walked 40 minutes to my other job - brisk walking - did a five and a half hour shift, standing, hard physical work, with no breaks or stops, then walked home again, another 40 minutes, both ways in the pissing rain and working in wet clothes.  All on minimum wage - not the walking, I do that in my own time, for fun.  FUCK CONVENIENCE.)

What does your job have to do with anything?

BlodwynPig

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2020, 03:14:03 PM »

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2020, 03:51:02 PM »
"Fraudulent use of testing services"? How is that even a thing?

Hahaha! I ordered a C19 test and I didn't even have any symptoms. Take that The Man.

Buelligan

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2020, 07:52:10 PM »
What does your job have to do with anything?

Sorry, I wasn't ignoring you, I just don't visit this board very often.  I intended it to illustrate my expectations as far as things being convenient go.

Why are you interested, if you don't mind me asking?  Having a quick flick through your posting history I note your interest is often piqued by me.  I find that very flattering but you're welcome to stop any time at all, really.  I hope I'm not embarrassing you by mentioning it.

Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2020, 04:53:02 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/04/dominic-cummings-allys-pr-firm-hanbury-strategy-given-covid-19-contracts-without-tenders

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A lobbying and PR firm co-founded by an ally of Dominic Cummings has been given two government contracts without competitive tenders during the pandemic.

The Cabinet Office and Treasury contracts have been awarded to Hanbury Strategy, co-founded by Paul Stephenson, who worked alongside Cummings as the director of communications for the 2016 Vote Leave campaign. The other Hanbury founder, Ameet Gill, was David Cameron’s director of strategy in Downing Street.

Hanbury is the fourth Tory–linked firm to have been awarded work since the start of the pandemic under emergency rules that allow public bodies to bypass the standard procurement rules requiring an open competitive tendering process.

The Cabinet Office failed to publicise the existence of its contract with Hanbury, despite official guidelines that they should be made public within 30 days.

The grift goes on.

Better Midlands

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Re: UK Government contracts in a time of COVID
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2020, 08:23:19 PM »
The grift goes on.

There's going to be lovely boardroom positions handed out over the next decade for some lucky folk.

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