This could get interesting.

homes

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The Executive branch of Government couldn't give a stuff about what the judiciary think (or parliament for that matter) so I don't expect this to have any traction.
 

Foxgolfer

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The Executive branch of Government couldn't give a stuff about what the judiciary think (or parliament for that matter) so I don't expect this to have any traction.
Imagine any other public sector wasting tax payers money and spaffing out contracts to their mates even for a few grand . A school for instance would be crucified .
 

Adumass

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"The High Court has ruled “The Secretary of State acted unlawfully by failing to comply with the Transparency Policy” and that “there is now no dispute that, in a substantial number of cases, the Secretary of State breached his legal obligation to publish Contract Award Notices within 30 days of the award of contracts.” We have won the judicial review we brought alongside Debbie Abrahams MP, Caroline Lucas MP, and Layla Moran MP.

In handing down the judgment, Judge Chamberlain brought into sharp focus why this case was so important. “The Secretary of State spent vast quantities of public money on pandemic-related procurements during 2020. The public were entitled to see who this money was going to, what it was being spent on and how the relevant contracts were awarded.

The Judge went on to say that if Government had complied with its legal obligations we “would have been able to scrutinise CANs and contract provisions, ask questions about them and raise any issues with oversight bodies such as the NAO or via MPs in Parliament.” When Government eschews transparency, it evades accountability.

Government’s behaviour came under criticism in the judgment. If it had admitted to being in breach of the law when we first raised our concerns, it would have never been necessary to take this judicial review to its conclusion. Instead, they chose a path of obfuscation, racking up over £200,000 of legal costs as a result.

We shouldn’t be forced to rely on litigation to keep those in power honest, but in this case it’s clear that our challenge pushed Government to comply with its legal obligations. Judge Chamberlain stated that the admission of breach by Government was “secured as a result of this litigation and at a late stage of it” and “I have no doubt that this claim has speeded up compliance”. It begs the question, if we hadn’t brought this legal challenge, what other contract details would have remained hidden from view?

And whilst Government always sought to dismiss our challenge by claiming we needed to be an ‘economic operator’ to have standing, the judgment states that it is unrealistic that economic operators would have challenged Government’s breach of the law in these circumstances. In other words, if we hadn’t taken this case, there are not many others who could have done so.

This judgment, which can be found here, is a victory for all of us concerned with proper governance and proof of the power of litigation to hold Government to account. But there is still a long way to go before the Government's house is in order. We have now written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care detailing what needs to be done to improve procurement processes and ensure value for British taxpayers."
 

astleyfox

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Im gonna do something for the first time. E-mail my (Conservative) MP! I will ask him to make it clear in the commons, that many, if not most of his constituents demand that the government provide all the information required. Wont mean a toss, but its my little contribution.
 

Filbo65

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Relevance ? I guess you don’t care about squalid governmental corruption .Someone putting an animal out of its misery is more important apparently
Who said anything about it suffering? If it is the same cunt, he seemed to revel in what he did, just for the sake of it.

All I can say re corruption is that it's a real shame we're no longer involved with the various EU institutions. Corruption-free zones, all of 'em.
 

homes

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Who said anything about it suffering? If it is the same cunt, he seemed to revel in what he did, just for the sake of it.

All I can say re corruption is that it's a real shame we're no longer involved with the various EU institutions. Corruption-free zones, all of 'em.
Conflating EU corruption with Con Party grifting and by implication giving Boris a free pass? Are you OK with corruption as long as it’s good honest Anglo Saxon corruption?
 

AFCDorset

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The latter in question is a rather nasty person who killed a fox for no other reason than it was in his garden and annoying him. He trapped it and then bludgeoned it to death with a baseball bat.

He is also a hard left political activist, these two facts might or might not be related.

He also won a case that showed a minister of state to be a corrupt liar, whatever his motivation that was well done.
 

Foxgolfer

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Who said anything about it suffering? If it is the same cunt, he seemed to revel in what he did, just for the sake of it.

All I can say re corruption is that it's a real shame we're no longer involved with the various EU institutions. Corruption-free zones, all of 'em.
Whatabout whatabout . Take your scarf off . Corruption is corruption
Did you see that it cost NASA £2.5b to land on Mars .
The government have handed their mates £22b for a test and trace system which doesn’t work .
 

Filbo65

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Corruption is everywhere. I don't get in a huff about it anywhere tbh, whereas some people only seem to worry about it where / when it suits them to.
 

Pen4

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Whatabout whatabout . Take your scarf off . Corruption is corruption
Did you see that it cost NASA £2.5b to land on Mars .
The government have handed their mates £22b for a test and trace system which doesn’t work .
Clearly you don't know what test and trace is
 

AFCDorset

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World beating corruption actually.

Is he one of those activist lawyers Pritti vacant goes on about? You know, the ones who hold the Govt to account and make sure they don't break the law?
Mostly no.

He is just an activist who posts a lot on twitter, mostly a mischief maker, likes to threaten anyone who disagrees with him.

But he did take on a corrupt government minister and win but I did give him credit for that.
 

Pen4

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Whatabout whatabout . Take your scarf off . Corruption is corruption
Did you see that it cost NASA £2.5b to land on Mars .
The government have handed their mates £22b for a test and trace system which doesn’t work .
£22 billion?

Really?
 
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