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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
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
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
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
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
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
WHO GOT OUR MONEY? WHO USED THE DEATHS OF 60,000+ BRITS AS COVER FOR LINING THEIR POCKETS?
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.