Not Moonshine. Its Operation Methamphetamine!!!!

From Brenda Steele:

Internal correspondence reveals that the UK government is prepared to almost match what it spends on the NHS in England each year (£130bn) to fund mass testing of the population “to support economic activity and a return to normal life” under its ambitious Operation Moonshot programme.

A briefing memo sent to the first minister and cabinet secretaries in Scotland, seen by The BMJ, says that the UK-wide Moonshot programme is expected to “cost over £100bn to deliver.” If achieved, the programme would allow testing of the entire UK population each week.

A separate PowerPoint presentation prepared for the government by the global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group, also seen by The BMJ, says the plans had the potential to grow the UK’s testing capacity from the current 350 000 a day to up to 10 million tests a day by early 2021.

Critics have already rounded on the plans as “devoid of any contribution from scientists, clinicians, and public health and testing and screening experts,” and “disregarding the enormous problems with the existing testing and tracing programmes.”

The leaked documents reveal a heavy reliance on the private sector to achieve the mass testing and give details of “letters of comfort” that have already been signed with companies to reach three million tests a day by December. Firms named are GSK for supplying tests, AstraZeneca for laboratory capacity, and Serco and G4S for logistics and warehousing.

https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3520

7 thoughts on “Not Moonshine. Its Operation Methamphetamine!!!!”

  1. Costing over £100 billion to deliver? Just like that.

    Yet further ‘evidence’ that whatever Tory ministers say, in public, there is indeed a Magic Money Tree! There must be if such expenditure is even being contemplated.

    Bit-by-bit, day-by-day the insights and merits of Modern Monetary Theory are being revealed by the most unlikely sources.

    And Richard Murphy’s Tax Research blog is ‘on a roll’!

    https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2020/09/10/boris-johnson-did-not-look-in-the-piggy-bank-to-see-if-he-had-100-billion-for-a-moonshot-because-the-one-thing-he-knew-was-that-the-money-could-be-made-to-deliver-the-deal/

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  2. The Immortal Hemorrhoid.
    by Babby Rurns.

    Sitting on a moonbeam, watching the world go by,
    If Boris was a “real boy”, then he wouldn’t tell a lie.
    But every body hates him, he’s feeling blue,
    The best he can say is–“Feck Orf, E.U.
    I’ll do what I want, rules don’t apply,
    I’m King of the World’n’ Big Boys don’t cry”!

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  3. My NHS consultant friend is extremely sceptical about the efficacy of all the Covid 19 tests. He believes that the levels of accuracy of these existing tests falls far below what is required to make any meaningful estimates of the future spread of the virus in the population.

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