Nice to have @GoodLawProject on the front page of The Times.
And we're on the front page of the FT too.
Oh, and here is our work on the front of the Guardian too. We wrote about this VIP channel several weeks back - but better late than never I guess.
Here's our piece, from 29 October, on VIP channels.…

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18 Nov
Here is an extract from the leaked Govt document about Moonshot with that £100bn+ number. Image
We need to catch up with updating the media but I can confirm we have issued judicial review proceedings in relation to (sound familiar?) the Government's (1) choice of weird contractual counterparties and (2) failure to consult with its own expert advisory body.
We also have profound concerns - which we are pursuing with Government lawyers - about the fact that consent was never sought from Parliament for this absolutely mindblowing spend (the NAO report is about 'only' £18bn of spending.)
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18 Nov
Lots of - quite proper - outrage at the PPE VIP Channel, largely filled with contacts of Ministers. Institutionalised cronyism.

Worth remembering that @GoodLawProject ran this story back in October - and the only newspaper to pick it up in a serious way was the Daily Mail.
The Mail under Geordie Grieg is a very different newspaper to what it was under Paul Dacre (and a very different newspaper to its sister Sunday Sewer edited by Ted Verity). It has the appetite to lead and not just follow public opinion.
Here's the story we ran about VIP channels… (which the Government never denied, by the way) but which even the Financial Times lacked the courage to run.
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17 Nov
Yep, the National Audit Office report on PPE - well the first part of it - is out at midnight and it tackles Ayanda, Pestfix, VIP channels, Clandeboye, Public First, failures of transparency.... all those drums we've been banging, the whole timpani, for the last four months.
Tomorrow I'll be doing some detailed threads on different aspects of the report. It makes for striking reading - even after having been 'fact-checked' by Government. (Yes we have asked the High Court to order Government to supply the pre 'fact-checked' version.)
We're pleased the press is taking this stuff seriously now. The governance failures around the £15bn of PPE spend are dreadful. But they are as nothing compared to where Government is on its £100bn+ "Moonshot" project, still apparently run by Dominic Cummings, esq.
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17 Nov
Lots of headscratching about Pestfix and its facemasks. It has at least one contract, for £168.5m, to supply facemasks to the NHS and the Health and Safety Executive says it rejected some Pestfix facemasks.
But this report, of Pestfix facemasks that failed a safety check, and that was in HSE files, seems to relate not to the facemasks the subject of the HSE email but facemasks that Pestfix sold privately.
Pestfix sold privately - and then either had to or chose to - recall three different types of faulty facemasks it had sold to the private sector.
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17 Nov
Here's Saiger LLC and some of the contracts it won. None of these nine notices are clearly the same contract but we think there are probably five contracts.
All are unlawfully late. Weird of Govt to spread publication of the notices over two sites. Weird it has not published any of the actual contracts. Weird that for four of them it didn't even publish what type of PPE it bought. 🤔
This next stuff is from the court papers Saiger filed in a court in Miami against a Mr Andersson.

So Saiger wins "a number of lucrative contracts with the government of the United Kingdom."
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17 Nov
Lots of chatter about Lord Faulks' forthcoming report on judicial review.

It's fine to ask - and of course we do - questions about the proper limits to the judicial role. But we need to talk enough about the political context in which we come to ask those questions. THREAD.
I can't think of another democracy that is as vulnerable as ours to autocratic power. We don't have in any meaningful sense a constitution. Instead we have a five-yearly event that gives unconstrained power to the Commons.
The power is unconstrained because we lack a second Chamber that can constrain the Commons. We lack staged intakes of MPs that might offer checks to the absolute power flowing from that five yearly event.
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