Take the story of Kate Bingham. She is wife to a Treasury minister and cousin by marriage to Boris Johnson’s sister. Despite having – by her own admission – no vaccines experience, she was appointed by the prime minister, as far as we know without competition, to head up the “vaccines taskforce”.
With this role came responsibility for investing billions of pounds of public money, a task she performed while remaining managing director of a private equity firm specialising in health investments.
Someone who does investment in health companies for a living has no relevant experience to offer the government over investment in health companies.
Well, yes, I can see that I’ll be wanting Soapy Joe as my lawyer next time I need one then.