The government's secretive Covid contracts are heaping misery on Britain George Monbiot 21st October 2020
Bypassing the NHS and handing crucial services to corporate executives has led to the catastrophic failure of test and trace.
If you are not incandescent with rage, you havenít grasped the scale of what has been done to us. The new surge in the coronavirus, and the restrictions and local lockdowns it has triggered, are caused in large part by the catastrophic failure of the test-and-trace system. Its £12bn budget has been blown, as those in charge of it have failed to drive the infection rate below the critical threshold.
Their failure was baked in, caused by the governmentís ideological commitment to the private sector. This commitment had three impacts: money that could have saved lives has been diverted into corporate profits; inexperienced consultants and executives have been appointed over the heads of qualified public servants; instead of responsive local systems, the government has created a centralised monster.