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The rise of the ‘chumocracy’


Investigations into how profitable Covid-related authorities contracts have been awarded have raised severe questions on cronyism. The Guardian’s Felicity Lawrence and David Pegg examine

A current investigation by the Guardian’s particular correspondent Felicity Lawrence discovered {that a} man with connections to the UK well being secretary, Matt Hancock, and no earlier expertise in medical provides has for about six months been manufacturing tens of tens of millions of plastic vials for Covid check kits. It’s one in all many tales which were elevating questions on how authorities cash has been spent within the pandemic response.

The investigative reporter David Pegg tells Anushka Asthana that there’s a rising row over authorities contracts being given to Conservative-linked corporations. The so-called “chumocracy” has additionally seen plum authorities appointments being handed to figures with hyperlinks to senior Tories regardless of apparently missing expertise for the roles.

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