Dan Lott (@Danaiolos)

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2016-10-27 19:41:25

The Cons...by name and by nature...Who would have guessed that Johnson’s government would award £100m contracts to its close advisers’ own companies that would then fail to deliver? Because you can trust this government...Brexiteers and little englanders: You voted this bunch in.

No one else is doing this work protecting against croneyism and (at best) poor procurement. If you would like to support these cases you can do so here https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/108million/ and if you would like to support  @The Good Law Project you can do so here https://goodlawproject.org/membership/ /ENDS

These are not, we believe, the only difficulties with the Pestfix and Clandeboye contracts. We also have other – very real – concerns about the nature and quality of what Government bought. More on those concerns later. /21

We have also sued in relation to Pestfix and Clandeboye. 

The IIR masks purchased from Ayanda are untested. So too are the isolation suits from Pestfix and the gowns from Clandeboye.

That means not one item of PPE bought under these three contracts has been used in the NHS /20 2

We have also sued in relation to Pestfix and Clandeboye. The IIR masks purchased from Ayanda are untested. So too are the isolation suits from Pestfix and the gowns from Clandeboye. That means not one item of PPE bought under these three contracts has been used in the NHS /20

We sued the Government last week in respect of the Ayanda contract last week. You can read the court bundle here. The documents to focus on are our statement of facts and grounds and the witness statements. https://rebrand.ly/ayanda-court-bundle /19

How much profit will Prospermill – will Mr and Mrs Mills – have made? We do not know because Government has not told us, but we have heard from a third party which itself purchased PPE and sold it to Government that profit margins were often 10% or 20%. /18

What about the other masks we purchased from Andrew Mills' vehicle, the Type IIR masks? 

Well, we don’t know whether these are safe – because they have not yet been tested for release into the NHS. /17

What about the other masks we purchased from Andrew Mills' vehicle, the Type IIR masks? Well, we don’t know whether these are safe – because they have not yet been tested for release into the NHS. /17

Here is Government’s own description of what EN 149:2001+A1:2009 required at, we believe, the time the contract was entered into. You can read it (again on the web archive)  here: 

It says quite clearly that there “must” be head-loops. /16

Here is Government’s own description of what EN 149:2001+A1:2009 required at, we believe, the time the contract was entered into. You can read it (again on the web archive) here: https://web.archive.org/web/20200414211217/https:/assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/upload.... It says quite clearly that there “must” be head-loops. /16

Does the Government’s explanation for why it bought the FFP2 masks hold water? Well, here's what Government's letter says - and let's compare it to what Government elsewhere said the technical standard in force at the time required. /15

Does the Government’s explanation for why it bought the FFP2 masks hold water? Well, here's what Government's letter says - and let's compare it to what Government elsewhere said the technical standard in force at the time required. /15

What sort of financial loss does this represent? We calculate between £156m and £177m of public funds. On a single contract - entered into with the vehicle of one of Liz Truss' advisers.

Here's Government's letter and my witness statement calculation of those numbers. /14 2

What sort of financial loss does this represent? We calculate between £156m and £177m of public funds. On a single contract - entered into with the vehicle of one of Liz Truss' advisers. Here's Government's letter and my witness statement calculation of those numbers. /14

Funny you should ask, actually, because as it turned out, quite a lot can go wrong.

Because, fourth, none of those FFP2 masks can be used in the NHS. /13

Funny you should ask, actually, because as it turned out, quite a lot can go wrong. Because, fourth, none of those FFP2 masks can be used in the NHS. /13

The third is that Govt bypassed normal procurement procedures that exist to guard against waste and cronyism to buy its entire predicted annual consumption – at elevated pandemic levels – of FFP2 facemasks from one adviser/supplier. 

Why? And what could possibly go wrong? /12

The third is that Govt bypassed normal procurement procedures that exist to guard against waste and cronyism to buy its entire predicted annual consumption – at elevated pandemic levels – of FFP2 facemasks from one adviser/supplier. Why? And what could possibly go wrong? /12

It only contracted with Ayanda because Prospermill didn’t have “established international banking infrastructure that could be used to effect the necessary payments overseas.” We don't really know what this means. But, anyway, it borrowed Ayanda's, no doubt for a small fee. /11

Coming up: the most extraordinary thread I’ve ever written. On how we blew over £150m and Andrew Mills (a Government adviser) seems to have made a fortune. But let’s start with introductions. THREAD /1

Andrew Mills. He’s an advisor to the Board of Trade but you’re not allowed to know that any more. After we started talking about him the Board of Trade stopped publishing its members. But you can still see them on the Web Archive https://web.archive.org/web/20190724044659/https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/board-of-trade /2

His LinkedIn also says he’s an ‘senior board adviser’ to Ayanda (Ayanda’s website doesn’t mention him).

When we started tweeting about him he also described himself as founder of Prospermill [A1] but he doesn’t anymore [A2].

We’ll return to that. /3 2

His LinkedIn also says he’s an ‘senior board adviser’ to Ayanda (Ayanda’s website doesn’t mention him). When we started tweeting about him he also described himself as founder of Prospermill [A1] but he doesn’t anymore [A2]. We’ll return to that. /3

He doesn't seem to like scrutiny much. He’s changed his twitter handle repeatedly since we started tweeting about him. And his LinkedIn name. But we still caught some screengrabs of him ‘liking’ posts written by civil servants managing NHS procurement. /4

Next, Prospermill Limited.

Prospermill was set up by Andrew Mills and his wife in 2019. It is a £100 company, boxfresh, which has never filed any accounts. It has no demonstrable knowledge of PPE (or anything else for that matter). /5

Next, Prospermill Limited. Prospermill was set up by Andrew Mills and his wife in 2019. It is a £100 company, boxfresh, which has never filed any accounts. It has no demonstrable knowledge of PPE (or anything else for that matter). /5

Finally, on introductions, Ayanda Capital Limited. 

It specialises in “in currency trading, offshore property, private equity and trade financing”. And is owned through the – poor even by tax haven standards - tax haven of Mauritius. /6 3

Finally, on introductions, Ayanda Capital Limited. It specialises in “in currency trading, offshore property, private equity and trade financing”. And is owned through the – poor even by tax haven standards - tax haven of Mauritius. /6

The  @The Good Law Project has been challenging Government's £15bn supermarket sweep approach to PPE procurement though the courts. We have issued judicial review proceedings into three particularly odd looking deals involving a pest controller, a wholesale confectioner and Ayanda. /7

On 29 July we received a response from Government to our formal pre action letter on Ayanda.

It contains an absolutely striking series of admissions. /8

On 29 July we received a response from Government to our formal pre action letter on Ayanda. It contains an absolutely striking series of admissions. /8

The second is that, apparently, Government was prepared to enter into a £252m contract – the largest we have yet seen for the purchase of PPE – with a £100 company owned by an adviser to Liz Truss (although, see above, you’re not allowed to know that anymore). /10

The second is that, apparently, Government was prepared to enter into a £252m contract – the largest we have yet seen for the purchase of PPE – with a £100 company owned by an adviser to Liz Truss (although, see above, you’re not allowed to know that anymore). /10

The first is that Prospermill – the £100 company owned by the Mills – “secured exclusive rights to the full production capacity of a large factory in China.” This seems – to put it mildly – implausible.

And as can be seen from later in the letter can’t be taken at face value. /9

The first is that Prospermill – the £100 company owned by the Mills – “secured exclusive rights to the full production capacity of a large factory in China.” This seems – to put it mildly – implausible. And as can be seen from later in the letter can’t be taken at face value. /9

I have to say, the story about Liz Truss bunging one of her mates tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money for masks we can’t fucking use has really shocked me. Honestly didn’t think she was intelligent enough to do a corruption.

Coming soon on Bellingcat, the stories that got "Putin's Chef" Yevgeny Prigozhin so worried his troll factory faked DMs from our investigators threatening his staff to smear our investigation before we even published it.

Coming soon on Bellingcat, the stories that got "Putin's Chef" Yevgeny Prigozhin so worried his troll factory faked DMs from our investigators threatening his staff to smear our investigation before we even published it.

Is everyone ok with the fact that the Government spent more than £11million of taxpayers money on its now defunct contact tracing app? Where is the accountability?

That would mean the explosion could have had the force of 2.3M lbs or 1,155 tons of TNT. You can then use U.S. military publications to determine the resultant blast overpressure in pounds per square inch (psi) at various ranges

Some quick math on  #BeirutBlast: though it's difficult to precisely measure the explosive yield of 2,750 tons of AN due to age/deterioration, the publications I have say in a worst-case scenario it could have had as high as 42% the power of TNT https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/world/middleeast/beirut-explosion.html#link-1d76455e

Stark visual representation of just how powerful the shockwave from yesterday's blast was in #Beirut. In a clip of someone filming from around 600m away, the roof of a car in front of the camera caves as the shockwave reaches where the person is standing.

Stark visual representation of just how powerful the shockwave from yesterday's blast was in  #Beirut. In a clip of someone filming from around 600m away, the roof of a car in front of the camera caves as the shockwave reaches where the person is standing.

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