The government have cottoned on to how we have been taken to the cleaners by the PFI companies and are looking into retrieving some of the misspent money.
They don’t seem to have much idea though about how to go about it, saying only that they are “looking for ways to claw back money for taxpayers. “
One of the avenues they could possibly explore would be to look at the original contracts. Right at the bottom they will find the signature of the individual who originally entered into the deal. Those who signed these contracts off have in my view some explaining to do. I can see only two reasons for their actions.
The first is that they simply did not bother to sit down and do the sums, and were so incompetent that they simply did not realise or care what they were getting the taxpayer into.
The second possibility is that they received some inducement from the PFI company. If there is any hint of such corruption that would make things easier as the law allows confiscation of the proceeds of crime, and we could get our money back, and confiscate the hospital. There would be the added advantage of prison for the guilty. Some may think the possibility of corruption unlikely, but the MPs expenses scandal shows that such a culture definitely exists in our administrators.
And if it is found that the scandal is down simply to incompetence, then at least we can remove such people from positions where they can repeat their actions.
Or is there a third explanation that I have missed?