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Government unravelling!

January 12, 2022 5:37 PM

67xwIt's tempting to post another article which ridicules our Prime Minister for his ludicrous excuse that he attended the Downing Street "Bring your own booze party" but hadn't mentioned it in earlier denials because he thought it was work ( don't ask why he didn't notice there were 30 people milling around with glasses and there was a table laid out with tasty nibbles!).

The point is it was obvious that he broke the rules yesterday and a 24 hour delay to come up with a vaguely coherent excuse hasn't changed anything. We stick by what we said yesterday ( see Bring your own booze! (Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats) (southsuffolklibdems.org.uk))

What most people wont have noticed was on the day all media attention was focussed on "the excuse", but across London the government's operation of a "VIP lane" for suppliers of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic was pronounced as illegal, in the high court

The Good Law Project and EveryDoctor, who had challenged the lawfulness of the way £14 billion pounds worth of contracts were awarded through the high priority lane, won a judgement which established that the process was "in breach of the obligation of equal treatment".

Describing the allocation of offers to the VIP lane as "flawed", the judge said: "There is evidence that opportunities were treated as high priority even where there were no objectively justifiable grounds for expediting the offer."

The judge also found that the VIP lane did not act as a quality filter, it simply processed all offers provided they were considered credible.

Jo Maugham, the director of Good Law Project, said: "Good Law Project revealed the red carpet-to-riches VIP lane for those with political connections in October 2020. And the court has now held that, unsurprisingly, the lane was illegal.

"Never again should any government treat a public health crisis as an opportunity to enrich its associates and donors at public expense."

It used to be thought that the UK was corruption free. Mr Johnson has led a government which not only favoured its friends and relatives but also set rules for little people like us that it clearly had no intention of following itself

Whatever your political persuasion we should all be able to agree our Prime Minister should go