The Conservative government is a kleptocracy, favoring economic elitist Tory donors and cronyism. It has set in and undoubtedly, Johnson’s cabal are the worst. The leadership are unconstitutional, unaccountable and unintegral, they have used the global pandemic as another revenue generating exercise for their cronies, awarding multi-million pound PPE (personal protective equipment) and test and trace contracts to their associates, with no competitive tender process whatsoever. If they are associated with the Conservative kleptocracy, they get a free meal ticket, no experience required.
The UK is the cronyism and white-collar crime epicenter of the world. Roberto Saviano, the renowned Italian anti- corruption expert, speaking at the Hay Festival in 2016 said;
“If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth you might tell me it’s Afghanistan, maybe Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy, and I will tell you it’s the UK”
Saviano is right, and since, it has got a whole lot worse. The Conservative establishment are off the scales. They have milked the coronavirus pandemic, awarding multi million pound contracts to their associates without any competitive tender process whatsoever. Over billions of public funds are unaccounted.
Johnson’s ministers have refused to publish details of coronavirus procurement contracts. More recently, the Chancellor, Sunak, refused outright to appear before the Treasury Select Committee to account for the lack of transparency and in December last year, Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for BEIS refused to attend a BEIS evidence hearing examining business preparedness for Brexit on Tuesday 8 December. Darren Jones said of the incident that:
“It is a very poor show when a Secretary of State for Business dodges Select Committee scrutiny on an issue as important as business preparedness for Brexit. It sends a dismal signal to British business that their Secretary of State isn’t even willing to discuss what his Department are doing to support businesses as they face unprecedented challenges in dealing with the impact of covid 19 and in preparing for the end of the transition period”.
Meanwhile, the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, head of State for Justice has been accused, also last year, of misleading Parliament about his cuts to the Crown Court, depriving the Courts of vital funds they need to provide effective service. Buckland knew the statement he was making was false, but nothing whatsoever was done. Buckland has in fact breached his oath, he has broken the law, many times over, but the standards are never enforced. The kleptocracy provide impunity to one another, fellow members of their cabal and their affiliates.
Section 6A(2) of the Promissory Oaths Act 1868 cites that:
“I, Robert James Buckland QC MP, do swear that in the office of Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain I will respect the rule of law, defend the independence of the judiciary and discharge my duty to ensure the provision of resources for the efficient and effective support of the courts for which I am responsible. So help me God.”
Preventing provision of resources to the Crown Courts that are already at breaking point goes one step further than misleading Parliament, Buckland has breached his oath, he is afforded no lawful position in ministerial office, yet the Johnson establishment provides him impunity. The oath, being law today, was sworn to regulate the standards of those in public, judicial and ministerial office to protect the public from tyranny and unconstitutional acts or assertions of power.
The Ministerial Code is underpinned by the Nolan Principles, the 7-principles of public life, the code of conduct that every Minister and public official are supposed to act according to. Of those 7 principles, include:
“Accountability – Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this”
“Openness – Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing”.
” Integrity – Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships”
There is nothing accountable, or integral about Johnson, Sharma, Sunak or Buckland, quite on the contrary, they have a long history of deceit. The fact is that the leadership lack integrity, the rules are not enforced and now civilians are bearing the brunt of their actions.
In September 2019, it was ruled by the Supreme Court that Buckland’s advice to the Queen to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because “it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification”. Buckland then faced calls to resign, with Sarah Church, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Swindon, citing that;
“You were complicit in misleading the country, Robert Buckland. “Your government has been found to have acted unlawfully. It’s not up to you to disagree. Your position is untenable.”
The Ministerial Code, page 1, paragraph C and D states that:
“It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity. Ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament will be expected to offer their resignation to the Prime Minister;
d. Ministers should be as open as possible with Parliament and the public, refusing to provide information only when disclosure would not be in the public interest, which should be decided in accordance with the relevant statutes and the Freedom of Information Act 2000″
Buckland did not resign, and the ministers have been knowingly misleading Parliament and the public, withholding information in the national public interest. In fact, Buckland breached the Bar Standards Code of conduct for effectively colluding with the other site in a case prior to his appointment as an MP, certainly not leadership material, yet he is harbored as head of the UK’s injustice system, hardly leading by example.
In June last year, Hancock was accused of misleading the public by inflating the corona virus testing figures, with Sir David Norgrove of the UK Statistics Authority writing to Hancock with a number of serious concerns about misleading data presentation. Sir David stated that:
“The aim seems to be to show the largest possible number of tests, even at the expense of understanding. It is also hard to believe the statistics work to support the testing programme itself. The statistics and analysis serve neither purpose well,” he said.
The most recent figures show that of the 115,725 tests recorded as complete, 42,139 of those were in fact merely swabs put in the post. The Lib Dem MP, Layla Moran, highlighted the letter to be exposure of a “shocking misuse and spinning of statistics”, adding that;
“The number of tests posted out is not the same as the number of people actually tested. Everyone sees through this and all it does, in the end, is erode trust in politics and politicians.”
Just a month later, during a Science & Technology Committee Parliamentary seating , Hancock alleged that the £3 million contract awarded to Topham Guerin had nothing to do with his Department, yet it was found that his Ministers had met with the Company in May to discuss the marketing of the recently deployed “Test and Trace” system. Topham Guerin was the PR company running the Conservative social media operation during the 2019 General Election, its Managing Director, Deborah Feldman just happens to be the sister of the Conservative Party Lord, Andrew Feldman. More evidence of Ministers knowingly misleading Parliament and the public. Cronyism, but in fact much worse.
On 19th February 2021, Judgment was handed down by the Queen’s Bench Administrative Court, highly critical of Hancock, citing that the Government has acted unlawfully by handing out coronavirus contracts without publishing details. The Judge, Mr Justice Chamberlain presided over the judicial review brought by opposition MPs and led by the Good Law Project into contracts worth over £1 billion that were awarded without any competitive tender process. The Judge found that Hancock failed to comply with government transparency principles, concealing the details of the contracts awarded within the 30 day statutory timeframe to have done so.
Hancock had expended a further £207,000 of public money fighting the case, yet in reality, he will escape unpunished, impunity provided to the kleptocracy. The Judge added:
“There is now no dispute that, in a substantial number of cases, the Secretary of State breached his legal obligation to publish Contract Award Notices (CANs) within 30 days of the award of contracts.”
“The Secretary of State spent vast quantities of public money on pandemic-related procurements during 2020. The public were entitled to see who this money was going to, what it was being spent on and how the relevant contracts were awarded.”
In November 2020, the National Audit Office published a report, detailing a wholesale lack of transparency and adequate documentation of some key decisions, such as why particular suppliers were chosen or how government identified and managed potential conflicts of interest. 55% of £18 billion awarded had not had details published on Contracts Finder by 10 November 2020 and only 25% were published within the 90-day target.
Of the privately awarded contracts, £881 million was awarded to Tory donors who collectively donated just over £8 million to the Party. Effectively, the kleptocracy has been dishing out public money in return for donations to the party by elitists up and down the country.
Of the largest single contractual awards was £350 million to Medacs Healthcare, a healthcare recruitment company owned by Impellium Group, controlled by the billionaire former Conservative Party chairman, Michael Ashcroft, to provide technical staff to the UK’s testing operation. Since 2001, Ashcroft donated nearly £6 million to the Party, also sitting as a peer in the Lords until 2015, when he abruptly resigned after his non-domicile tax status was exposed.
Meanwhile, of the more prominent blunders and abuses of public funds, over £43 million was awarded to a dormant company for a deal for the supply of hand sanitiser
It is was also revealed in February last year, before the corona pandemic really took hold that a number of Conservative MPs have been receiving large donations from pharmaceutical companies, whilst Rishi Sunak has refused to disclose his financial interest and whether he will profit directly from the increase in share price of the Covid-19 vaccine manufacturer Moderna, which was one of the largest investments held by the hedge fund he co-founded before entering politics.
There is blatant cronyism and an extreme lack of accountability, yet all along, the corona lockdowns are unconstitutional, there is no scientific basis that would suggest that locking people in their homes, depriving them of the ability to earn a living whilst constraining their constitutional right to freedom of movement is any more effective than allowing people to don masks and go about their daily business. People have lost everything, whilst the kleptocracy profiteer, feed their friends on public money, conceal, mislead and curb the rights of ordinary people to earn an honest living. Who wants liar leaders? Hardly leading by example.