Sunday, February 03, 2008

Time's up, Postman Prat

Alan Johnson is up to his neck in corruption allegations that seem to have merit, as the Sunday Times reveals:
"Johnson held a private meeting in his officers with Dr Reg Race of Quality Health, a firm that has been paid millions of pounds to conduct surveys for the NHS. A long-term Labour donor and former MP, Race had earlier given £5,000 to Johnson’s deputy leadership campaign."

There were no civil servants present at the meeting and no minutes were kept. Alan Johnson's beard grows longer, especially with this coming on the back of claims of dodgy donations to his deputy leadership campaign.

A trend is emerging that our leading politicians are rather keen to dish out juicy state contracts to the very people who are funding their parties. The failing internal market that Labour have forced upon the NHS seems to be constantly undermined by serious problems with the way in which contracts are handed out unfairly and corruptly.

GPs are rightly becoming stroppy as they are being bullied into a corner by a regime that shows no evidence that it has the interests of patients at the heart of its reform. The government is systematically destroying primary care and dishing out contracts unfairly in the process. I just wonder how many of those private firms, which are busy hoovering up tax payer's cash by 'winning' various lucrative state contracts, have had off the record meetings with our masters from Whitehall? I wonder if money has somehow made its way from these health care firms to fund out politicians' jollies, possibly via third parties?

9 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Alan Johnson would have been a first class Prime Minister though - he'd be ideally suited to the post. I am sure he would have excelled at delivering a package of public sector reforms, he'd have really modernised and pushed the envelope (cont. p94)

Roger Thornhill said...

I wonder how many of these "contracts" are actually monopolies. I suspect most are, or are engineered to be de facto.

GCooper said...

There also needs to be a thorough investigation into the vast number of ZaNuLabour activists who have been granted sinecures on NHS and other quangos.

Not only does this provide a steady supply of rewards to friends for past services rendered, it also ensures the unopposed implementation of crackpot government schemes.

The sums involved, and the misery caused, are incalculable.

Travis Bickle said...

B of C the L of T

cookie said...

DK

I have no objection to swearing myself.
Can you please keep the swearing within the blog, and not within the headlines. I have two young children who sit too far from my computer to read text, but are well able to read the headlines.
Your blog is daily reading, please let me log in at my leisure instead of waiting until the kids are in bed.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Cookie,

Apologies: this post was not written by me (although I have used swearwords in the headlines before, I confess).

Regards,

c

assegai mike said...

Cookie: Are we talking about the word Prat in this posting?? Surely not. I had to stroll down quite far to find the post using the word Cunt in reference to Rowan Williams, in which case you should have commented there. But this is immaterial, because I resent your attempt to coerce DK in to self-censorship. The Williams piece would have been a lesser creature without the Cunt in the headline. I don't see why we should have to read less robust headlines just to protect your precious kiddywinks. The if-it-saves-just-one-child to fuck up everything else for everyone else principle is one of the great malaises of our time.

DK, I'm surprised at your acquiescence in this matter.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Mike,

The original headline read "Postman Twat"; I acquiesced in this case because I thought that "Postman Prat" made the pun better.

DK

assegai mike said...

Oh I see, that explains the mildness of the headline. Fair enough, I do hope you'll continue to call a cunt a cunt where warranted, in headlines or otherwise. All the best, Mike.