Carole Cadwalladr
+ Your AuthorsArchive @carolecadwalla Late adopter. Late giver-upper. Guardian & Observer writer. Sep. 10, 2020 1 min read

Want to know what Boris Johnson’s £100 billion ‘moonshot’ programme will buy? Check out secret briefing pack. £100 billion = load of language ripped off Silicon Valley, a suite of totally untested technologies & a plan we have no idea - none! - if it’ll work. Oh. And ££££ to ????

Bear in mind this is £100 billion - £100 billion! - govt Is preparing to spend on public health project that is ‘devoid of any contribution from scientists, clinicians, and public health and testing and screening experts’

But look at the pretty diagrams! 

This is a government in thrall to Silicon Valley. That believes tech can magic up a quick fix. Even if that tech has yet to be invented. Or as doc points out ‘developing, validating, procuring, and operationalising testing technology that currently does not exist’

But don’t worry! It’s only going to cost almost as much as the entire annual budget of the NHS! This totally untested plan announced yesterday = £100bn. Cost of every doctor, nurse, cancer op, surgery, medicine, GP, cleaner, the whole lot = £133 billion. We are in crazyville

This remember is a proposal from a team that after months has still failed to deliver a functioning ‘test & trace’ system. That too has Deloitte at its heart. And it doesn’t work. But still. Chuck another £100 billion at it.

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