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3 hours ago, El Cid said:

The £5 million is the sum given to its workers. It said 50,000 workers would be given £100 each to recognise "the extraordinary efforts of our staff around the world during the pandemic".

 

Chief executive Rupert Soames told the BBC's Today programme: "It (test-and-trace) is now a remarkable success and I acknowledge it has taken quite some time to get there."

According to the Financial Times, Rupert Soames personally received a £4.9 million bonus. 

Indeed 50,000 workers getting  £100 each does equal £5 million, which would leave Soames with a bonus of nothing. That's not likely is it? 

I read somewhere, (sorry can't find it now,) that the overall bonus package was £17million.

 

Either way, why should they get any bonus for failure when they already get paid for doing the job?

 

Serco chief Rupert Soames receives £4.9m pay package | Financial Times (ft.com)

 

 

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2 hours ago, Delbow said:

Completely agree with that. Of course, had that happened there would have been others pretending the government had done no wrong. A person who picks a side decides to stop thinking.

You've only got to look at this Forum as an example. The Labour Party thread is well into its second thread, is full of criticism - mostly from its own supporters! Whereas the Conservative Party thread is 82 pages long; in spite of everything that's been committed under their name, you'll see very little humility or regret.

I think people are happy to tolerate the likes of Rees Mogg, Cameron, Osborne and Johnson because they expect nothing better, and it's the 'rich man at his castle, and the poor man at his gate' mentality.  

Though if some Labour Party politician speaks with a plummy accent, or eats avocados, it'll be 'champagne socialist' this, or 'metropolitan elite' that, like the tories have discovered some earth shattering news.

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1 hour ago, Mister M said:

You've only got to look at this Forum as an example. The Labour Party thread is well into its second thread, is full of criticism - mostly from its own supporters! Whereas the Conservative Party thread is 82 pages long; in spite of everything that's been committed under their name, you'll see very little humility or regret.

I think people are happy to tolerate the likes of Rees Mogg, Cameron, Osborne and Johnson because they expect nothing better, and it's the 'rich man at his castle, and the poor man at his gate' mentality.  

Though if some Labour Party politician speaks with a plummy accent, or eats avocados, it'll be 'champagne socialist' this, or 'metropolitan elite' that, like the tories have discovered some earth shattering news.

I couldn't agree more.

This awful reverential attitude to 'our betters,' 'our superiors' seems to be almost programmed into the English DNA.

It's about time we got over it, and realised how the system is rigged by them, for them, to keep them in charge, to the detriment of every other ordinary individual in the country.

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9 hours ago, ECCOnoob said:

What is?   What are you talking about?

 

God sake if you are going to try and make some point at least quote so we all know what you are getting at.  

The £22bn waste of public money that is 'track and trace'. 

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1 hour ago, Delbow said:

The £22bn waste of public money that is 'track and trace'. 

Test and Trace.

 

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18 minutes ago, Arnold_Lane said:

Test and Trace.

 

The testing part may be good value, but not the tracing aprt?

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Yes, test and trace, sorry. The former has worked pretty well, but it's not a lot of use without the latter, and without decent and quickly accessible financial support to encourage people to isolate. The evidence is that the rate of self isolation among people on lower incomes is lower than the rate for people on higher incomes. Totally predictable, since higher earners are more likely to work on a screen and therefore can work from home, and lower earners less likely to be able to do this. There are countries with much better welfare safety nets where it's affordable to stay at home and isolate if you are on a low wage; the UK isn't one of them.

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Our Boris is finally coming round to the idea that it was a mistake to delay the start of the first national lockdown.

 

From the Telegraph:

........ close allies have said, while insisting the Prime Minister was let down by scientific advisers....

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/03/14/exclusive-boris-johnson-accepts-made-mistake-delaying-first/

So that's the strategy is it, blame everyone else. Well colour me surprised :rolleyes:

 

So the mistake wasn't his. Just like He and his Government are claiming credit for the vaccine rollout, almost as if he, Raab and Gove have singlehandedly organised the whole shebang, as well as administered the vaccine. 

NHS Test and Trace - Serco Vaccine rollout. Keep repeating it, eventually you'll start believing it.

Meanwhile Tonight on BBC 1

Cashing in on Covid

Panorama

As the government faces mounting criticism that well-connected people made millions out of Britain's PPE crisis, Panorama investigates who won out. More than £12 billion was spent in the first six months of the pandemic on contracts to provide personal protective equipment. Reporter Richard Bilton meets one man who made £40 million on a deal and speaks to others who felt ignored in favour of less-experienced suppliers. As the government refuses to reveal the full details of all its so-called VIP deals, the programme reveals the high-profile connections to one lucrative contract.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000t8td 

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On 15/03/2021 at 19:29, Mister M said:

Our Boris is finally coming round to the idea that it was a mistake to delay the start of the first national lockdown.

 

From the Telegraph:

........ close allies have said, while insisting the Prime Minister was let down by scientific advisers....

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/03/14/exclusive-boris-johnson-accepts-made-mistake-delaying-first/

So that's the strategy is it, blame everyone else. Well colour me surprised :rolleyes:

In this instance, the fault lies with Sunak.

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/48-hours-in-september-when-ministers-and-scientists-split-over-covid-lockdown-vg5xbpsfx

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Government now saying it would be "premature" to have an inquiry into how the pandemic has been handled. No surprise there, leave it until it has the least negative impact for the incumbent government. 

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6 minutes ago, Delbow said:

Government now saying it would be "premature" to have an inquiry into how the pandemic has been handled. No surprise there, leave it until it has the least negative impact for the incumbent government. 

The Tory Government stated last year an inquiry will take place once the pandemic is over. The priority now is the vaccine rollout which is hugely successful and saving lives.    

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6 minutes ago, Delbow said:

Government now saying it would be "premature" to have an inquiry into how the pandemic has been handled. No surprise there, leave it until it has the least negative impact for the incumbent government. 

I disagree (mildly): the pandemic is still ongoing, so there is still time for the government to mess up some more. In that respect, it would be premature indeed to conduct that inquiry now...

 

...I think getting started in 2025 should be about right 😏

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