(More) Money for Dominic Cummings’ mates

5 October 2020 — Good Law Project

A lobbying firm run by allies of Dominic Cummings was handed a contract worth £900,000 to conduct public opinion polling on the coronavirus pandemic. The contract was awarded to Hanbury Strategy without any advertisement or competitive tender process. And it was awarded to Hanbury despite the fact that – as our sworn evidence discloses – Hanbury was ill-suited to do the bulk of the work and would have had to subcontract it to others. That sworn evidence also suggests that the price paid by Government was “absolutely off the chart”. Continue reading

Who’s pulling Boris Johnson’s strings on GMOs?

11 August 2020 — GMWatch

Munira Mirza, Clare Fox, Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings

Claire Fox’s peerage reflects the emergence of an extremist clique as pillars of Johnson’s Brexit establishment. Report: Jonathan Matthews

Were you surprised when one of the very first things Boris Johnson did on becoming Prime Minister was to declare his desire to “liberate” the UK “from anti-genetic modification rules”?

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Conservative ‘Common Sense’ Lets Men Like Dominic Cummings Do What They Want

1 June 2020 — Novara Media

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by Ameya Tripathi

@ameyatripathi
In the weeks preceding the furore over Dominic Cummings breach of lockdown rules, a row took place over the vagueness of the government’s new ‘stay alert’ guidance – a revision of the simpler ‘stay at home’ message.

Emily Maitlis is no media hero. She simply forgot what she and the BBC are there to do

29 May 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The wrong conclusions are being drawn about Emily Maitlis’s comments on Dominic Cummings on the BBC flagship Newsnight show this week. Her remarks are not evidence of her courage, or that journalists are being gagged, or that the BBC is suddenly capitulating to the government.

Did Conservative HQ demand Emily Maitlis be publicly reprimanded?

28 May 2020 — True Publica

TruePublica Editor: Most of the mainstream media are reporting that Emily Maitlis was replaced as host of Wednesday night’s episode of Newsnight by another member of the programme’s team after BBC bosses reprimanded her over a monologue in which she attacked the government’s handling of Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip to Durham.

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