@JolyonMaugham | 391,246 followers
I have, I have to say, a bit of a problem with this 'we were helping the NHS at a time of national crisis' line so beloved of the Government's VIP mates. If it was all about helping the NHS, why have they kept the vast profits they made rather than donating them to the NHS?

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In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Why are actual healthcare workers punished with below inflation pay rises whilst the Government's mates are rewarded with vast profits, tens of millions of pounds, from public funds? How does that help the NHS?
 
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And why were established, experienced suppliers offering quality PPE at better prices elbowed out ?
 
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I find it equally hard how anyone can win a 拢40m contract and make <checks notes> 拢0 profit... zilch, nada, nothing. That's either poor business acumen or some almighty co-incidence. We should see all these company accounts soon reflect all this Covid contracts VIP lane malarkey.
 
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It鈥檚 quite sickening to think of the billions made nefariously from the public purse. It鈥檚 theft in fact.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Jolyon as me and my colleague confirmed to each other it is misconduct in a public office and fraud by abuse of position. It鈥檚 criminal.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
"We were helping ourselves to public money at a time of national crisis."
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
They weren't helping, they were helping themselves. Pandemic opportunist profiteering on whats app.
 
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Blatant Profiteering is not a good look. NHS & Care Home Windfall Tax is what I鈥檇 be thinking of.. plus restitution for the families of those who died due to lack of PPE.
 
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The bloke near me in Stroud has trousered millions and bought himself a number of rather nice houses. #LevellingUpToryStyle pic.twitter.com/NEd57z00yF
 
Super markets who benefited from excess profit due to a monopoly business as a result of Covid paid back many millions of 拢' they attracted from government support schemes.
These private sector PPE monopolies should do the same?
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
It's not just the VIP cronies. My MP came out with the same formulation of national interest rubbish when i emailed him about it earlier in the year. And he pointedly highlighted @GoodLawProject as being unpatriotic for pursuing the issue. Glad to see you're still hounding them
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Many vaccination volunteers 'helped the NHS' by giving up their time freely to roll out the vaccination programme. Its success was dependent - to a large part - on the millions of hours these volunteers donated. #oneruleoforthem
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
They said they were passing laws at the start of the covid pandemic that hadn't been used since WW2, in not having to put contacts out for tender . It's just a shame they didn't unlike in WW2 make it illegal to profit out of these new laws . Was it deliberate
 
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And why did they ignore already existing and accredited british companies in favour of their mates?
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Not quite sure what Bourne鈥檚 motives were? He claims his company making pizza boxes had an annual turnover of 拢250k. This ballooned to revenue of 拢40,000,000 with the Hancock PPE contract. Why would anyone bother?
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
And what about this 20/25 per cent mark-up on contracts you mentioned, that stinks of the Second World War black market?
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
They would also be desperate to share the details of all these amazing individuals and small businesses who miraculously stepped up and converted their small scale pizza box manufacturing into a 拢multi-million PPE production line at the drop of a hat and with zero profit. Odd.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
If I heard him right, Alex Bourne today claimed on LBC with @mrjamesob that he hadn't made any money from the 拢40,000,000 turnover his company made supplying PPE to the govt! Anybody else hear that or did I somehow misunderstand what he said?
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Why were current and regular suppliers left out or ignored? 'Doing NHS a favour' is complete nonsense.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
I'm also suspicious of the "we made no profit" line that they all seem to peddle. This sounds like clever accounting that was a condition of the deals that were made.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
And why haven鈥檛 they raised nurses wages in line with inflation? Or done something to fulfill the 100 000 staffing gap or stopped the #Healthandcarebill which makes corrupt contracts eaiser and severely reduces our right to hospital care.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Times of a national disaster the norm is everyone joins in,pitches in but what we have seen here is the 鈥渓ittle鈥 people have pitched in, many volunteering rallying round but also we see those who only see pound signs, opportunity for making money and this gov have been enablers.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
But some may have employed a good accountant so they didn't actually 'make a profit'
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
And why all the secrecy? If they were helping so much, surely that's a good thing that they would love to publicize.
 
I think we might speculate that certain agreed sums were donated to the Tory party and that other sums found their way into the bank accounts of some of those who facilitated the giving of the contracts.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Can we please see the margins they made, in a single table? There needs to be strict control of the margin (all large retailers do this).
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Jo shouldn't it read - 'we were helping our mates strip resources from the NHS at a time of national crisis'
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
More important- why were contracts not awarded to established UK manufacturers, who knew the reqd. Standards and , if memory serves, were still exporting at the beginning of the pandemic? Instead of Hancock鈥榮 fav. Local landlord??
 
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And why did they prevent people with expertise thanking those contracts?
 
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I wonder how much tax will be paid on the profit being that it is likely these pop-up companies will be offshore?
 
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And how can they justify tens of millions to middlemen? 鈥淚 just want to help the NHS, that鈥檒l be 拢20million thanks.鈥
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Or doing the work at cost, or cost plus a teeny bit. Instead they gleefully pillaged the public purse.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
So if Alec Bourne made no profit and we have no idea if he made any usable products then why did the government give him 拢40million? No track record and no previous experience. It defies belief
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
In a "crisis" you go to existing, approved suppliers first even if they don't normally supply that product. The fact they are already approved minimises risk. There seems to plenty of evidence that this wasn't attempted or their offers were ignored.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Profiteering in time of crisis is shameful, abhorrent and if not should be illegal
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Which orgs, e.g test & trace, are using "NHS" as a badge? Is there a list?
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Our govt are a mentally disordered cabal of narcicistic psycopaths. No conscience. No empathy. Their only purpose is to maintain the hierarchy. They want a Russian style oligarchy with them as the oligarchs. To get there they must destroy rules, laws & institutions ie Brexit.
 
Also, if working 鈥榝lat out鈥 why did they waste masses of time ignoring established suppliers of ventilators & PPE who held stock in favour of 鈥榥ever made/supplied that before鈥 cronies with longer lead times?
They wasted precious time, that could have led to the loss of lives鈥
 
 
Didn鈥檛 Alex Bourne say, only this morning on LBC that he made NO PROFIT from his 拢40m contract?
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
I believe they used to call this 'racketeering'.
 
This is the same logic that justifies/exonerates the profits made from a number of private contracts for the NHS - well they need it, I鈥檓 helping them, someone鈥檚 got to get something back in return
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Because they follow the Tory mantra鈥 鈥淢e me me鈥 and my mates鈥.
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
I am supportive of your work on this and have donated. Having listened to the exchange with @mrjamesob I would want to know more before passing judgement about this one specifically. He didn鈥檛 sound like he was protesting too much !
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
We were busy helping the NHS. The 拢1.5Million country mansion I bought just after the contract was signed is purely coincidental.
 
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
At this time of year we should be banging pots for the people who saved millions during this awful pandemic. Tory hedge fund managers #ToryCriminals #ScottishIndependence #FreeScotland
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
I thought this to myself this morning too. Particularly as now GSK has made a new vaccine. Why are corporate giants making the vaccines? Governments should make them give at least % of profits to NHS. Corruption and a scandal.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Why are those same people sacking thousands over a medical consent issue?
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Because it was never about actually helping the NHS it was about lining their pockets and those of their chums !!
 
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
The pub landlord claims he made no profit on his 40 million. What fool does business with someone who is so bad at their job they can't turn in a small profit?
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Because they are greedy sociopaths? Just a thought.
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Why were they charging 拢86 for a face shield that you can buy on amazon for 拢8?
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
That鈥檚 like the husband who got caught in bed with the woman next door telling his wife he did it for her!!!!
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
The pub landlord suggested he made no money from his 拢40million contract. Can this be verified??!!
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
also why us new companies who have never procured PPE and ignore the companies that do this as profession !! or British businesses that could make it ??
 
 
 
 
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Absolutely on the money there Jo!
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Or prioritised the use of suppliers who normally provide PPE like @ArcoSafety
 
 
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
When the shortage of PPE was first noticed we saw on tv lots of people making it at home and supplying hospitals and care homes free. However some people (Tories mates) saw only a way of making money 馃挵 and ministers aided them, sickening.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
MedFetUK helped the NHS at a time of national crises; not the VIPs.
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Excalibur, was the only established supplier showing up on TED. Chris Evans the owner is a Tory supporter but not I think on the VIP track. He delivered 10m FFP2s. Undoubtedly Excalibur could have sourced 10's millions more. This is just 1 example of capability.
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Hear, hear 馃憦馃徎馃憦馃徎
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
I appreciate people want to help the NHS, but it does make me wonder why anyone would bother volunteering to help out at vaccination clinics when these sleazebags have milked the system to the extent that there's no money to pay for the staff required.
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
If that's the best alibi they can come up with, then keep digging! 馃檹馃徏 #HeighHo
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
If you're talking about the subject on LBC this morning the thing that got me is when the pub landlord said out of the 拢40 million contract he didn't make any profit! He's either lying or a terrible business man!
 
Now here is a good question to ponder! Maybe someone should start a petition, donate illegal profits from incorrectly awarded contracts to NHS!
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
In a time of 'national emergency' it is critical to maintain honesty, openness and transparency; especially when so much taxpayer money is being used. Otherwise, nothing that is said can be fully believed.
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
They are literally laughing all the way to their (offshore) banks 馃槨. Funding for the NHS? Don鈥檛 worry, those muppets will gladly pay extra National Insurance to sort it out ready to Privatise it 馃槨. If they think any will eventually find its way to Social Care you鈥檙e bonkers 馃槣
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
Good point. Unfortunately, anyone associated with the Tory party are amoral and generally very unpleasant individuals.
 
 
 
 
In reply to @RishiSunak
@RishiSunak impose a stealth tax on the profits made by all companies linked to Tory donors?
 
馃憞馃憞This right here is why #NHS workers have only been offered a 3% pay increase your energy bills have increased by 12% this year #PayJustice this is not a pay rise last year's heroes #ToryCriminals taking your money
 
 
precisely. why don't they donate their ill-gotten gains to the NHS?
#SAVEOURNHS #WearAMask #GoodLawProject #GTTO
 
 
 
In reply to @JolyonMaugham
And why would we believe a word uttered by the PM's cronies?
 
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Exactly! If all the Tories and their cronies were driven by purely altruistic reasons in securing these contracts, then let us ensure that they make financial reparation to us by giving their profits to our NHS
 
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