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Is the UK conservative party guilty of COVID cronyism?

In the UK, the media and general public have been quite critical of Boris Johnson’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, from his initial ignoring of WHO guidelines, to being late lockdown, through mixed public messaging, and even defending of his own staff’s own shocking disregard for lockdown rules. But recently criticism has become increasingly heated surrounding accusations of COVID cronyism. The unfolding “chumocracy” scandal is based upon the large number of contracts that were awarded to Conservative Party donors, or to friends or family of members of the Conservative government, during the country’s COVID response. Is there enough evidence to support these “chumocracy” scandal allegations? Can Tory party Cronyism be blamed for the UK’s shocking coronavirus response? If this is the case what can be done about the Tory’s COVID cronyism? [Picture taken from an April 2020 Conservative Party conference]
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There is not enough evidence to blame the UK Conservative Party for cronyism, and the Boris Johnson Government have completely rejected any claims of ministerial conflicts of interest. Numerous companies accused in this scandal have also come out and denounced these suggestions. One of which is Globus Group, a manufacturer with 25 years of PPE production experience, who claimed to have "followed the bidding process" and made their political donations are "fully, transparently and properly declared" [1]. The Tories cannot be held responsible for the fact that many of their MPs come from prominent wealthy families, and are therefore more likely to have family members working in leadership positions of prominent companies.

news.trust.org/item/20201119100117-i7zah [1] metro.co.uk/2020/11/13/my-little-crony-map-shows-deals-between-government-mps-and-tory-donors-13587900

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The chumocracy scandal represents a clear conflict of interest and when so many of the pandemic contracts have been such an absolute failure this whole things stinks of corruption. That is not to mention the massive amount of contracts awarded to companies with personal connections to ministers and no history (or seeming competence) in delivering on the contract they were awarded, be that PPE manufacturing or setting up a viable "track and trace" program. A graphical visualisation has been plotted and made available online by Harvard PhD Sophie E. Hill, and the scale is truly worrying, spurring the SNP to demand an inquiry and legal cases being launched by the Good Law Project and the Runnymede Trust, a racial equality think tank. A nauseating amount of money was wasted during the pandemic on contracts that were not fulfilled, there needs to be an investigation into why so much money was handed to companies managed by conservative donors and friends and family of MPs, for so few results.

bbc.com/news/business-54978460 sophieehill.shinyapps.io/my-little-crony thenational.scot/news/18873298.snp-demand-inquiry-rampant-cronyism-heart-tory-government thecanary.co/uk/2020/11/21/legal-challenge-launched-over-unlawful-government-covid-appointments

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