I have had a troublesome update from the GLP regarding the government’s intention to spend huge sums of taxpayer's money, to defend a court case to reveal where the government has spent Billions of pounds (of taxpayer's money) on Covid contracts? It appears the government is trying to outspend the GLP so as to make them drop the legal case? I for one am left disgusted with these tactics. Let’s hope the GLP wins the ‘capping order’ in high court…
'Tomorrow, the High Court will hear our application for a cost capping order in our judicial review of Government’s decision to award huge PPE contracts to questionable counterparties'
'We have been forced to apply for the order, which would cap the costs of both sides, after Government revealed it planned to spend an eye-watering £1 million defending the case. If we lose, Good Law Project would be liable for these enormous costs. And Ayanda and Pestfix - the fortunate VIP lane recipients of vast contracts to supply PPE much of which we now know to be unusable - are also asking for huge and, we are advised, inflated sums in costs. We are a small not-for-profit, funded by donations from members of the public. We cannot bear this kind of existential risk'
'And our judicial review of PPE contracts has already generated an admission from Government that it purchased £155m worth of facemasks that can’t be used by the NHS, fuelled countless newspaper headlines in the UK and around the world, and prompted repeated scrutiny in the House of Commons. And it will get right to the heart of the highly troubling VIP lane largely populated by Ministerial contacts. And all of this before the case even reaches court'
'Our litigation is exposing Government’s cronyism and failures to procure in the best interests of the British taxpayer. We want to continue. But we are a tiny organisation pitted against the resources of the state. Unless we are granted a cost capping order tomorrow we will not be able to'
Yeah but it's all above board, and there is nothing to see...
Doubling down during a national crisis. What a shower of sh*te.