Thursday, December 17, 2020

Waste, Negligence and Cronyism: Inside Britain’s Pandemic Spending

 In the desperate scramble for protective gear and other equipment, politically connected companies reaped billions.

When the pandemic exploded in March, British officials embarked on a desperate scramble to procure the personal protective equipment, ventilators, coronavirus tests and other supplies critical to containing the surge. In the months following those fevered days, the government handed out thousands of contracts to fight the virus, some of them in a secretive “V.I.P. lane” to a select few companies with connections to the governing Conservative Party.

To shine a light on one of the greatest spending sprees in Britain’s postwar era, The New York Times analyzed a large segment of it, the roughly 1,200 central government contracts that have been made public, together worth nearly $22 billion. Of that, about $11 billion went to companies either run by friends and associates of politicians in the Conservative Party, or with no prior experience or a history of controversy. Meanwhile, smaller firms without political clout got nowhere.

New York Times 


Unknown said...

UK logistics firm given almost £800m ($1080m) of Covid contracts without tender

Peter Pan said...

It's a feeding frenzy.