Greensill P2 | Credit Crunch economics

The Greensill scandal isn’t going away with further revelations about lobbying and inquiries. There are still some big questions that stick in my mind; What was Greensill’s actual business? How did they plan to make money? Warning: Contains full frontal accountancy Greensill liked to describe themselves as a fin-tech company, but their business model was… Read More Greensill P2 | Credit Crunch economics

The real threat to the NHS | Greensill, Topwood and Matt Hancock

Yet another blog about hapless hospital botherer and haunted dishcloth Matt Hancock This week the Government announced an inquiry into the relationship between Greensill Capital, David Cameron and Boris Johnson’s Government. Most of the questions the press are asking are about the relationship between Cameron, Rishi Sunak and Greensill over Covid loans. But there is… Read More The real threat to the NHS | Greensill, Topwood and Matt Hancock

How Matt Hancock broke the law | And why it matters

Matt Hancock was found this week to have broken the law by failing to publish the details of contracts awarded without competition for goods and services such as personal protective equipment (PPE) needed during the covid-19 pandemic. This is the first of a series of Judicial Reviews by an eccentric group of lawyers called The… Read More How Matt Hancock broke the law | And why it matters

How the Government will mess up the NHS | Centralisation not privatisation is the problem

The Government has announced it’s new plans for NHS reform, the draft of which was leaked a week or 2 ago. Fuck is a strong word for a headline, but I am afraid that’s what is about to happen. The Lansley reforms of the NHS will be reversed, along with almost all of the internal… Read More How the Government will mess up the NHS | Centralisation not privatisation is the problem

Fragile Working | Why the public sector coped with Covid better than the private sector

The Government has made a massive mess of it’s response to Coronavirus. An unmitigated disaster. Boris Johnson and his team prioritised managing the news cycle over managing the virus; too many eye catching announcements without any actual thought about whether they would work. With so many gaffes it’s hard to pick a low point, but… Read More Fragile Working | Why the public sector coped with Covid better than the private sector

Harold Wilson gave me bad teeth | Why the NHS is short of PPE

This is the last in a trilogy of posts from the era of Big Government. A cautionary tale of NHS procurement. Harold Wilson came to power in 1964, ending over a decade of Conservative Governments. He inherited a long running dispute between the NHS and the Pharmaceutical Industry over the price of drugs, dating back… Read More Harold Wilson gave me bad teeth | Why the NHS is short of PPE