Worth a watch. @JolyonMaugham explodes @MattHancock's claims:

- ludicrous to think that a civil servant responsible for transparency obligations would have had to have been retasked from PPE procurement.

- Hancock's "technicality" defence is spurious, and disliked by the judge.
@JolyonMaugham @MattHancock Worth a watch /2. @JolyonMaugham explodes @MattHancock's claims:

- why did we buy so much PPE at all-time high prices?

- in every case looked at, the PPE was duff - either unsuitable, or non-sterile

- price; quality; quantity: all are dubious.

@JolyonMaugham @MattHancock Worth a watch /3. @JolyonMaugham explodes @MattHancock's claims:

- High Court supporting GLP's 'standing' makes it possible to bring future cases.

- the matter got profile on #Ridge and #Marr

- the 'crony' msg is resonating across the media spectrum.

@JolyonMaugham @MattHancock Worth a watch /4. @JolyonMaugham explodes @MattHancock's claims:

- Hancock said, this morning, that he had done nothing wrong. No real conception of public service.

- there is a live issue over the contract given to Hancock's publican mate.

@JolyonMaugham @MattHancock Worth a watch /5. @JolyonMaugham suggests that @UKLabour @Keir_Starmer should be doing much more to expose corruption failings (and JM does use the word).

If Judicial Review is closed down by HMG in E&W by statute, GLP could well sue in Scotland - a different legal system.
@JolyonMaugham @MattHancock @UKLabour @Keir_Starmer Worth a watch /6. @JolyonMaugham: something like £1.3 Billion has been awarded to consultancy firms.

He suggests that this is because the civil service is so "hollowed out" that it cannot manage these contractor relationships properly.


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