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Track and Trace - the true cost

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Dinahmo Wed 21-Oct-20 13:26:07

Today on PMQs Johnson referred to the numbers of people that have been tested which (to paraphrase) are higher than any other country. He extrapolated this to include track and trace which I think we know by now has not been successful.

Apparently £12bn has been spent on track and trace of which only £300 million has been given to local authorities for their t & t services. I am therefore attaching a link to an article by George Monbiot which goes into greater detail.

GagaJo Wed 21-Oct-20 14:39:41

We are so sunk in the mire of corruption. A compulsively lying, mostly absent PM. His above the law, Rasputin advisor and a cabinet of incompetents. Public money being thrown around like water. I fear for Britain.

Ilovecheese Wed 21-Oct-20 15:02:54

It is very hard to accept that the Government is behaving in this way.
I suppose there has always been a bit of back scratching going on within Governments, but this one does seem a lot more open about their cronyism and their lies.

varian Wed 21-Oct-20 18:04:41

Please, please, please, if you have any sense of decency, do not ever, ever, vote Conservative again, not ever.

At the time of the last election, I was telling for the LibDems opposite two Tory Ladies.

They said they had both voted Remain but still supported Johnson because they had come near to a split in the party, which could not be allowed to happen. So they preferred a split in the country. Party before country is the motto of the Conservative Party.

varian Thu 22-Oct-20 11:38:07

"If you are not incandescent with rage, you haven’t 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 government’s 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.

This centralisation is perhaps the hardest aspect to understand. All experience here and abroad shows that local test and trace works better. While, according to the latest government figures, the centralised system currently reaches just 62.6% of contacts, local authorities are reaching 97%. This is despite the fact that they have been denied access to government data, and were given just £300m, in contrast with the £12bn for national test and trace. Centralisation may be a catastrophe, but it does enable huge contracts for multinational corporations.

The Conservative mantra, repeated for 40 years like a stuck record, is that the public sector is wasteful and inefficient while the private sector is lean and competitive. Yet the waste and inefficiency caused by privatising essential public health functions is off the scale. This isn’t like rail or water privatisation, where failure has caused dysfunction within a single public service. This is about the escalating collapse of national life."

Whitewavemark2 Thu 22-Oct-20 11:40:40

Someone just described what the Tories are doing as looting.

Looting tax payers money ( our money!) to give to their rich cronies.

GagaJo Thu 22-Oct-20 12:38:02

Exactly what it is. As I said after the election results. Goodbye democracy. And we voted them in and sit here like fools and allow it.

varian Thu 22-Oct-20 18:15:31

England test and trace at new low in reaching Covid contacts

Expert says figures show £12bn system ‘struggling to make any difference to the epidemic’

MaizieD Thu 22-Oct-20 18:23:21

And we voted them in and sit here like fools and allow it.

53% of the electorate didn't vote for them..

EllanVannin Thu 22-Oct-20 18:23:38

Shocking waste of money, yet they can't help underprivileged children with school meals, mean blighters.

EllanVannin Thu 22-Oct-20 18:25:23

Aren't they also getting a rise just to rub salt in the wound ?

varian Thu 22-Oct-20 18:28:56

This is a must watch for anyone who thought that voting Leave was going to be good for the UK/.

Daisymae Thu 22-Oct-20 18:37:11

I understand that shares in Serco are doing ok, with profits surging. Warms the cockles of your heart.

varian Thu 22-Oct-20 18:40:29

I'd like to ask the decent Grannies who were fooled into voting Leave - did you do that because you wanted Crispin Odey and his like to "taste gold in his mouth"?