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2020-04-21 3:14:23 PM  
Another government actively, or should I say inactively, trying to kill people.
 
2020-04-21 5:01:41 PM  
That's quite the googly coming in from silly mid-on.
 
2020-04-21 5:07:41 PM  

FrancoFile: That's quite the googly coming in from silly mid-on.


Did my brain just Donald Trump'd? I think that my brain just Donald Trump'd.....
 
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2020-04-21 5:09:24 PM  

lindalouwho: Another government actively, or should I say inactively, trying to kill people.


That's the english in a nutshell.
 
2020-04-21 5:14:50 PM  
By then, the supplier had already sold the masks to other governments, including Germany.

This is an outrage. Typical EU, coming over here, taking great British designed innovations without so much as a by your leave. Don't they have a heart, poor Boris was lying sick on his bed after heroically facing down the virus and all they could think to do was steal our PPE from under his nose?
 
2020-04-21 5:22:38 PM  
You know, it is almost as though they want a lot of people to get infected.

A suspicious mind would think that they are trying to save money at the expense of the lives of the public.

But they wouldn't do that, would they?
 
2020-04-21 5:23:05 PM  
Ah the conservative mantra in action. "Government can't do anything right. Elect us and we'll prove it."
 
2020-04-21 5:35:09 PM  
"But Volker Schuster, a supplier to the building and construction industry in Liverpool, said the government's slow response to his offer of 10 million face masks meant they went to other countries instead."

Horaeshiat.  You didn't have a goddamn thing.  You had a middle man, who was reaching out to 50 people.  That middle man claimed to have a contact at the manufacturer that was reaching out to another 50 middlemen to ship product at ridiculous prices.

While the buyer vetted you and how in the hell you happen to have 10 million masks when farking no one has masks, one of the other 2499 people in this goddamn clusterfark bought some or all of the 10M masks from the manufacturer

Sorry that you weren't the middle man that got to profit, you absolute wanker.  If you *had the goddamn product* you claim to, someone else would not have been able to "get there first".

/Contracts products for hospitals
//I get 100 of these assholes contacting me every day
///No I do not want to pay 100% down with no warranty, return, or shipping schedule. fark you very much.
 
2020-04-21 5:56:39 PM  

Marbleisheavy: "But Volker Schuster, a supplier to the building and construction industry in Liverpool, said the government's slow response to his offer of 10 million face masks meant they went to other countries instead."

Horaeshiat.  You didn't have a goddamn thing.  You had a middle man, who was reaching out to 50 people.  That middle man claimed to have a contact at the manufacturer that was reaching out to another 50 middlemen to ship product at ridiculous prices.

While the buyer vetted you and how in the hell you happen to have 10 million masks when farking no one has masks, one of the other 2499 people in this goddamn clusterfark bought some or all of the 10M masks from the manufacturer

Sorry that you weren't the middle man that got to profit, you absolute wanker.  If you *had the goddamn product* you claim to, someone else would not have been able to "get there first".

/Contracts products for hospitals
//I get 100 of these assholes contacting me every day
///No I do not want to pay 100% down with no warranty, return, or shipping schedule. fark you very much.


Very much indeed
 
2020-04-21 6:01:11 PM  
Wanna buy some PPE from this lot?
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2020-04-21 6:06:15 PM  
The NHS is an excellent institution - all those dead babies aside - but it suffers from unbelievably bad management and unbelievably cumbersome bureaucracy.
 
2020-04-21 6:11:54 PM  

orbister: The NHS is an excellent institution - all those dead babies aside - but it suffers from unbelievably bad management and unbelievably cumbersome bureaucracy.


My daughter was born in an NHS hospital with NHS staff. What's your point? Is the NHS untrustworthy? Does the NHS actively seek to kill newborn children? You celebrate the NHS and slag them off in the same post? Why?
 
2020-04-21 6:23:56 PM  

orbister: The Conservative Party is an excellent institution - all those dead babies aside - but it suffers from unbelievably bad management and unbelievably cumbersome bureaucracy.

 
2020-04-21 6:25:26 PM  
I wonder what trump and Boris chatted about today? Probably complimenting each other on how well they're dealing with this.
 
2020-04-21 6:27:41 PM  

FrancoFile: That's quite the googly coming in from silly mid-on.


How can a googly come in from silly mid-on? They don't bowl from there.
 
2020-04-21 6:29:39 PM  

ukexpat: I wonder what trump and Boris chatted about today? Probably complimenting each other on how well they're dealing with this.


I'm rather hoping Johnson mentioned that catching the virus and being carted off to intensive care is a great way to boost poll numbers.
 
2020-04-21 6:37:20 PM  

I'm no expert but...: orbister: The NHS is an excellent institution - all those dead babies aside - but it suffers from unbelievably bad management and unbelievably cumbersome bureaucracy.

My daughter was born in an NHS hospital with NHS staff. What's your point? Is the NHS untrustworthy? Does the NHS actively seek to kill newborn children? You celebrate the NHS and slag them off in the same post? Why?


In some areas, yes, the NHS has been deeply untrustworthy. As you probably know, there have been two major maternity scandals recently: at Barrow-in-Furness (eleven babies died in one small hospital), and at Telford ("dozens" of babies died and fifty were left with brain damage). Did you follow the Stafford hospital scandal? Between 400 and 1,200 excess deaths over three years. Then there were the 170 children who died after botched heart surgery in Bristol, as the surgeons responsible were given merit awards. The anaesthetist who blew the whistle on them never worked again.

The NHS is a wonderful idea and generally works very well, but it has some terrible failings as well, and we should recognize those too.
 
2020-04-21 6:39:19 PM  

I'm no expert but...: Wanna buy some PPE from this lot?
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Scousers are no laughing matter.

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2020-04-21 6:53:30 PM  

lindalouwho: Another government actively, or should I say inactively, trying to kill people.


I'm as "The government is bad at it's job" as anybody, but I'm going to cut them a bit of slack here. They must be getting submissions from every two bit hustler, mountebank, con man, bunco artist, and grifter in the world. Sorting through the mountain of detritus to find the nuggets of gold must be overwhelming. The guy in TFA who submitted his offer on March 26 and expected to hear back from them before April 1 (5 days, 2 of which were Saturday and Sunday) wasn't being realistic, IMO.
 
2020-04-21 7:02:53 PM  

jjorsett: lindalouwho: Another government actively, or should I say inactively, trying to kill people.

I'm as "The government is bad at it's job" as anybody, but I'm going to cut them a bit of slack here. They must be getting submissions from every two bit hustler, mountebank, con man, bunco artist, and grifter in the world. Sorting through the mountain of detritus to find the nuggets of gold must be overwhelming. The guy in TFA who submitted his offer on March 26 and expected to hear back from them before April 1 (5 days, 2 of which were Saturday and Sunday) wasn't being realistic, IMO.


Doesn't matter, this is Fark. They should have instantly responded by buying everything immediately. Failure to do so will bring out the Trump trolls.
 
2020-04-21 7:06:14 PM  

Foghorn of Ignorance: By then, the supplier had already sold the masks to other governments, including Germany.

This is an outrage. Typical EU, coming over here, taking great British designed innovations without so much as a by your leave. Don't they have a heart, poor Boris was lying sick on his bed after heroically facing down the virus and all they could think to do was steal our PPE from under his nose?


The entire thing is just bullshiat. He filled in an "online form" offering the PPE? His MP emailed (emailed!) the UK Health Ministry to follow up? It sounds like a bullshiat made-up excuse for why they sold the PPE to a foreign buyer at twice what they would have made selling in the UK. "Hey, don't blame us, we taped the offer to the inside of the 'Beware of the Tiger' sign a on a disused lavatory in the basement of the Health Ministry office in Bootle. Not our fault."
 
2020-04-21 7:25:47 PM  

jjorsett: lindalouwho: Another government actively, or should I say inactively, trying to kill people.

I'm as "The government is bad at it's job" as anybody, but I'm going to cut them a bit of slack here. They must be getting submissions from every two bit hustler, mountebank, con man, bunco artist, and grifter in the world. Sorting through the mountain of detritus to find the nuggets of gold must be overwhelming. The guy in TFA who submitted his offer on March 26 and expected to hear back from them before April 1 (5 days, 2 of which were Saturday and Sunday) wasn't being realistic, IMO.


What about hornswogglers and Methodists?
 
2020-04-21 7:42:26 PM  

jjorsett: lindalouwho: Another government actively, or should I say inactively, trying to kill people.

I'm as "The government is bad at it's job" as anybody, but I'm going to cut them a bit of slack here. They must be getting submissions from every two bit hustler, mountebank, con man, bunco artist, and grifter in the world. Sorting through the mountain of detritus to find the nuggets of gold must be overwhelming. The guy in TFA who submitted his offer on March 26 and expected to hear back from them before April 1 (5 days, 2 of which were Saturday and Sunday) wasn't being realistic, IMO.


In March they hired a consultancy firm to manage that process:

Last month the Cabinet Office hired the accountancy firm Deloitte to manage the procurement of PPE from the UK and abroad, it is understood.
Shortly afterwards the government put out a call to action for UK manufacturers to help produce PPE, with Deloitte told to sift through the responses.
Senior sources in the UK manufacturing industry, however, on Friday night described the project as a "disaster" and said manufacturers had struggled with communication and red tape.
Instead of identifying UK-based supply chains, sources said, the team at Deloitte pursued factories in China where prices have increased and supply is short due to spiralling global demand.


It's a competitive marketplace for PPE to be sure, and consequently there are going to be winners and losers. Our government has come up as losers, and NHS staff have gone without PPE as a result.
 
2020-04-21 7:46:03 PM  

Alien Robot: Foghorn of Ignorance: By then, the supplier had already sold the masks to other governments, including Germany.

This is an outrage. Typical EU, coming over here, taking great British designed innovations without so much as a by your leave. Don't they have a heart, poor Boris was lying sick on his bed after heroically facing down the virus and all they could think to do was steal our PPE from under his nose?

The entire thing is just bullshiat. He filled in an "online form" offering the PPE? His MP emailed (emailed!) the UK Health Ministry to follow up? It sounds like a bullshiat made-up excuse for why they sold the PPE to a foreign buyer at twice what they would have made selling in the UK. "Hey, don't blame us, we taped the offer to the inside of the 'Beware of the Tiger' sign a on a disused lavatory in the basement of the Health Ministry office in Bootle. Not our fault."


They followed the system the government had put in place (went above and beyond it actually). If that system wasn't fit for purpose, that's on the government, not them.
 
2020-04-21 7:52:29 PM  

Mahatma Gandalf: jjorsett: lindalouwho: Another government actively, or should I say inactively, trying to kill people.

I'm as "The government is bad at it's job" as anybody, but I'm going to cut them a bit of slack here. They must be getting submissions from every two bit hustler, mountebank, con man, bunco artist, and grifter in the world. Sorting through the mountain of detritus to find the nuggets of gold must be overwhelming. The guy in TFA who submitted his offer on March 26 and expected to hear back from them before April 1 (5 days, 2 of which were Saturday and Sunday) wasn't being realistic, IMO.

In March they hired a consultancy firm to manage that process:

Last month the Cabinet Office hired the accountancy firm Deloitte to manage the procurement of PPE from the UK and abroad, it is understood.
Shortly afterwards the government put out a call to action for UK manufacturers to help produce PPE, with Deloitte told to sift through the responses.
Senior sources in the UK manufacturing industry, however, on Friday night described the project as a "disaster" and said manufacturers had struggled with communication and red tape.
Instead of identifying UK-based supply chains, sources said, the team at Deloitte pursued factories in China where prices have increased and supply is short due to spiralling global demand.

It's a competitive marketplace for PPE to be sure, and consequently there are going to be winners and losers. Our government has come up as losers, and NHS staff have gone without PPE as a result.

Everyone

has known that those supplies are not the easiest thing to get,and you have to be vigilant to aquire them. FFS here in America we even have had the Federal government try, and sometimes succeed, in bidding against its own states, and then profiting off of them.
You have to try really hard to reach some of these levels of chaos, and we should all be pissed off about it.
Anger fatigue is a b*tch.
 
2020-04-21 8:21:16 PM  

lindalouwho: Mahatma Gandalf: jjorsett: lindalouwho: Another government actively, or should I say inactively, trying to kill people.

I'm as "The government is bad at it's job" as anybody, but I'm going to cut them a bit of slack here. They must be getting submissions from every two bit hustler, mountebank, con man, bunco artist, and grifter in the world. Sorting through the mountain of detritus to find the nuggets of gold must be overwhelming. The guy in TFA who submitted his offer on March 26 and expected to hear back from them before April 1 (5 days, 2 of which were Saturday and Sunday) wasn't being realistic, IMO.

In March they hired a consultancy firm to manage that process:

Last month the Cabinet Office hired the accountancy firm Deloitte to manage the procurement of PPE from the UK and abroad, it is understood.
Shortly afterwards the government put out a call to action for UK manufacturers to help produce PPE, with Deloitte told to sift through the responses.
Senior sources in the UK manufacturing industry, however, on Friday night described the project as a "disaster" and said manufacturers had struggled with communication and red tape.
Instead of identifying UK-based supply chains, sources said, the team at Deloitte pursued factories in China where prices have increased and supply is short due to spiralling global demand.

It's a competitive marketplace for PPE to be sure, and consequently there are going to be winners and losers. Our government has come up as losers, and NHS staff have gone without PPE as a result.

Everyone has known that those supplies are not the easiest thing to get,and you have to be vigilant to aquire them. FFS here in America we even have had the Federal government try, and sometimes succeed, in bidding against its own states, and then profiting off of them.
You have to try really hard to reach some of these levels of chaos, and we should all be pissed off about it.
Anger fatigue is a b*tch.


Our government has already tried to use 'we didn't get the email' as an excuse for another aspect of this farce. Their latest is announcing PPE will be delivered prior to even completing the paperwork:

The fiasco over a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Turkey has been laid bare as it emerged that the Government had failed to secure the order before making a public announcement.
Officials ordered 400,000 gowns from a private company but made no checks on whether the goods could be exported despite being aware of a restrictions imposed by President Tayyip Erdoğan.
They only contacted the Turkish Government to begin negotiations on Sunday - the day that it had been said that the gowns would land in the UK.
 
2020-04-21 8:53:53 PM  

Mahatma Gandalf: Our government has already tried to use 'we didn't get the email' as an excuse for another aspect of this farce. Their latest is announcing PPE will be delivered prior to even completing the paperwork:


Yeah, between stuff like that, Priti Patel's inability to apologise and saying that eleventy-thousand tests have been carried out, it seems the only advantage the UK has over the US is that at least Trump's not running things.

There was also this video of Johnson from 3/2 when he appears to suggest that British ubermenschen will rise above the ashes of Covid to claim their rightful place among the gods, or whatever crap he was trying to suggest.

Trump's great for populist farks worldwide, because he makes them look better than dog shiat.
 
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