The Tories have now wasted nearly £100bn during the pandemic

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Corporate media has been awash with the story of Rishi Sunak wasting £11bn by making a basic accounting error. But this is only part of the Tories’ financial incompetence. If you add up all their other mistakes, then Sunak and the government have actually flushed at least £93bn down the toilet during the pandemic.

Sunak: basic errors

The Guardian reported on Sunak ‘wasting £11bn’ of public money. This happened because he signed-off on the government paying too much interest on public debt. As it reported:

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said the losses were the result of the chancellor’s failure to insure against interest rate rises on £900bn of reserves created through the quantitative easing (QE) programme.

In layman’s terms, Sunak didn’t bother to make sure that if interest rates went up, the public wasn’t paying that higher rate on our debt. He could have put measures in place to protect against this – but didn’t. The NIESR accused Sunak of creating an “enormous bill for the public, and that:

Such a lost opportunity is an unnecessary cost to the public finances at a very difficult time

Of course, Tories flushing money down the toilet is nothing new. Because Sunak’s latest error comes on top of billions of pounds more waste.

Tories: catastrophic waste

First, you have the loans the government gave businesses during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. These included the:

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  • Coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), known as furlough.
  • Bounce back loan scheme (BBLS) for small companies.
  • Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS) for medium-sized companies.

A parliamentary committee said that between these, fraud and error may have lost the public £15.7bn. This was a central estimate, with the figure possibly ranging from £12.4bn and £20.1bn. Plus, the government will be writing-off another £21bn on these loans. This is because people and companies can’t afford to pay them back.

If you factor in the issue of PPE that was useless, then the government has wasted another £9bn – including £4bn worth of PPE which it is literally going to burn. And if you include the failed Test and Trace scheme, which parliament’s spending watchdog said failed to meet “its main objective”, that’s another £37bn.

Nearly £100bn gone

Overall, all this combines to mean the Tories have wasted at least £93.7bn since the pandemic began. This staggering level of financial mismanagement is the equivalent of:

Or alternatively, the government could have given every person in the UK around £1,400 each – nearly double the support it’s providing to many people during the so-called ‘cost of living crisis’.

Of course, the Tories couldn’t possibly be caught helping those in need. So, instead we’re left with a government whose wilful negligence has wasted nearly £100bn – while the rest of us struggle to survive.


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    1. “Wasted” is the wrong word and creates the impression of bumbling incompetence.

      This is THEFT of public money. The Chancellor ran a hedge fund as do several other members of the Government and the Conservatives’ sponsors. So, they knew what they were doing BECAUSE IT IS WHAT THEY PLANNED TO DO. The whole ‘austerity’ lie is just a transfer of public resources from the majority of the population to the small global financial clique who sponsor the UK Government – not just this one but a fair number of its predecessors.

      Hedge funds operate by ‘gambling’ on small marginal percentages, but, when the sums involved are billions, even trillions, of pounds, these small percentages amount to many millions, even billions, of pounds. I have put ‘gambling’ in inverted commas because, a gamble is usually a game of chance, but in this case, the ‘gambler’ (The Chancellor) is the person who makes the rules and the person he is gambling against is himself and his backers. This is not my understanding of ‘gambling’. Not only are the Chancellor’s cronies NOT gambling they are not even putting up the stakes to place the bets. It is OUR money that they are using to place the bets FOR the financiers.

      This is “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” for the 21st Century.

      1. Totally agree. It is certainly not wasted in Tory terms; nor is it ‘going up in smoke’ when PPE gets destroyed. It is in the coffers of those who will gladly return 10% of it to the Tories as dark money when and where most needed.

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