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Good morning.

Had an email yesterday asking whether I was available next month to help with supervising Y5/6 swimming. A sign of normality returning...

Did we see this?

Consultants Deloitte Paid To Draft Ministers’ Parliamentary Answers On Test And Trace

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ ... 411ab5?kbd

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Private firm Deloitte is receiving taxpayer cash to help ministers to draft parliamentary answers and media “lines to take” to defend the Test and Trace programme, HuffPost UK can reveal.

The unprecedented role for the consultancy giant is part of a series of contracts worth £323m to “support” the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the National Testing Programme run by Baroness Dido Harding’s service.

Four different contracts show that Test and Trace has been using Deloitte for “general management consultancy services” ranging from building testing capacity to stockpiling and logistics oversight.

But buried within the contracts are details of help provided with PR and communications, with a requirement to “draft and respond to parliamentary questions, Freedom of Information requests, media queries and other reactive requests” and to “support lines to take and Q&A’s in anticipation of queries”.


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PostPosted: Thu 25 Mar, 2021 10:40 am 
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Good morning.


Why can Adonis, of all people, see this but SKS can't?

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Labour is wrong to back Robert Jenrick’s Liverpool power-grab

In the Times, if anyone has a sub.

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PostPosted: Thu 25 Mar, 2021 11:05 am 
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Is it actually any different to this, though?:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-n ... e-44069130
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Northamptonshire County Council: Commissioners take over authority

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2 things different I think.

Tory council v Labour council.

Most importantly, Northants was actually bankrupt, I've not seen any suggestion that Liverpool is.

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The obvious answer to the above is, because Adonis isn't Labour leader.


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Television licence fee 'preferred option' to fund BBC until 2038, say MPs

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/ ... c-2038-mps

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The licence fee, levied on households that watch live television or use the iPlayer service, subsidises the public service broadcaster and Welsh channel S4C. The charge has been increasingly seen as anachronistic, given the shift towards watching streaming services on multiple devices rather than live television, but there is no consensus on how best to replace it.

As a result, the digital, culture, media and sport select committee has suggested it is incumbent on the government to propose a new BBC funding method quickly, or commit to the existing model when it comes to issuing the broadcaster with a new decade-long Royal Charter in 2028.

“The government either needs to come out with a strong alternative to the licence fee that it can put to parliament, or strongly support the current model for at least the next charter period (2028-2038) and actively aid the BBC in driving down evasion,” they concluded.


Quite.

For all the noise made by the small but vocal Defund The BBC mob, there is never any proper suggestions as to what should replace it - but I guess that's the nature of right wing lobbying groups - be against something without doing any hard thinking of what comes after.

And for the suggestion of adverts - I doubt commercial channels would like that - the same amount of spend shared out more widely.

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I see that Vicky Ford was doing an excellent job earlier of confirming that she like most Ministers is a shameless liar...

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@MarcusRashford didn’t really need do anything to help poor children eat as the gov were already on it. He supported what they were doing... The gaslighting & lies continue & astounding she can keep a straight face
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If they were "already on it" they had a funny way of showing this, that's all I can say in response :mrgreen:


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AnatolyKasparov wrote:
If they were "already on it" they had a funny way of showing this, that's all I can say in response :mrgreen:

The shameless liar is counting on short attention spans.
We're constantly bombarded with stories every day; it's difficult staying unconfused.


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Hopefully we will get some posts after 2PM today with you around!


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Good morning.


Why can Adonis, of all people, see this but SKS can't?
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The answer to local misrule isn’t national misrule. The notion that Jenrick is the answer to Liverpool’s problems is like taking arsenic for a broken leg

Labour is wrong to back Robert Jenrick’s Liverpool power-grab

In the Times, if anyone has a sub.
What Starmer will have to concede in order to keep the Labour party and everyone counting on it afloat will be a lot.


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RogerOThornhill wrote:
Consultants Deloitte Paid To Draft Ministers’ Parliamentary Answers On Test And Trace


Given that when facing criticism of Test and Trace the response of Tory MPs is usually to mumble something about it being a great success before doing an impersonation of a phone ringing then walking off saying 'Sorry I've got to take this', it would appear Deloitte's PR consultants are every bit as good those involved in the testing and tracing.


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Rejoice! That paragon of sanity Desmond Swayne has just said in Parliament that 'by all measures this emergency is over'.

Thanks Desmond! I'm off out to spread this wonderful news, and in tribute to your own style I'll do this by ranting at the top of my voice in a demented manner at passers by without wearing a mask so my spit flies all over them. I can imagine their happy faces already. This is going to be great.


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After 35 years of deregulated buses in Greater Manchester ...

35 years of rising fares and routes being cut ...

We are bringing our buses back under public control. Thumbs up
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gilsey wrote:
2 things different I think.

Tory council v Labour council.

Most importantly, Northants was actually bankrupt, I've not seen any suggestion that Liverpool is.


I confess I haven't been following that closely, but on the surface it doesn't seem unreasonable to look more closely at a council that involves people who have close ties to those being investigated for corruption. Agreeing to sending commissioners in to oversee things could be the most effective way to prove there is, in fact, nothing more to see.

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I'm not sure that there'd be any council, ever, where there was nothing to see, under close examination. Where to draw the line?


I'm sure there's no possibility that Jenrick wants a chance for his own mates to get their snouts in the trough, rather than Anderson's*.



* or whoever turns out to be the main culprit

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gilsey wrote:
I'm not sure that there'd be any council, ever, where there was nothing to see, under close examination. Where to draw the line?


I'm sure there's no possibility that Jenrick wants a chance for his own mates to get their snouts in the trough, rather than Anderson's*.



* or whoever turns out to be the main culprit

They're talking about Liverpool being taken over for 4 years!


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Probably the best indication yet that Greater Manchester’s bus plan is the real deal:

Stagecoach mounts legal challenge against Greater Manchester's 'flawed' bus reform plans

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Oh great. Claire Fox on QT. Do I really want to spend an hour watching a woman with an expression on her face that screams Irritable Bowl Syndrome.


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gilsey wrote:
Probably the best indication yet that Greater Manchester’s bus plan is the real deal


God I wish the council would do the same here in Leeds. Arriva are just terrible. Dirty, noisy ancient buses that cost a fortune. I've made multiple complaints to them about the last bus from Halifax to Leeds being early or simply driving past without stopping resulting in me having to get a taxi and train to get home. If I get anything back at all it's a bland apology.

If there's one thing I'm not looking forward to doing again once this virus is under control it's getting back on their shitty buses.

Fucking Thatcher, still pissing me off from beyond the grave.


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Claire Fox immediately broadcasts her stupidity by evidently not understanding nobody is properly vaccinated unless they've had two doses.


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Took no time at all.


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Who the hell is this Welsh Tory leader? He looks like some kind of disturbing dead eyed butcher who would sell you 'pork' sausages that were actually made out of minced children.


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I must admit I'm impressed by Vaughan Gething and not for the first time.


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Aaaahh ha ha ha haaa, having the Union Jack shoved in everyone's face unifies the country. Nice one kid mincing butcher.


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Aaaah ha ha hah haaah, Brexit Party MEPs having their little flags taken away in the European parliament was an attack on our national sovereignty. Nice one Claire.


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Brief QT review.

Andrew RT Davies (Conservatives) - Dead eyed butcher who makes sausages out of children. Seemed to stay deathly still when not involved as if someone had turned him off. A disturbing performance all round.

Adam Price (Plaid) - His usual earnest, decent self.

Claire Fox (Revolutionary Communist Party) - Boring. Everything she said was entirely predictable, except at the end about the little flags which was unintentionaly hilarious.

Vaughan Gething (Labour) - The national party really should try to sign this guy, he has that kind of calm unflappable confidence that makes him seem like the only adult in the room.

Nigel Owens (Rugby Ref) - What a lovely bloke.


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Aaaahh ha ha ha haaa, having the Union Jack shoved in everyone's face unifies the country. Nice one kid mincing butcher.


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