By John Smith • 31 August 2020 • 17:40
THE Cabinet Office headed up by MP Michael Gove has already been accused of placing contracts without going through the tender process and now admits that it has been paying up to £10,000 (€11,000) for reality TV stars to promote NHS Test and Trace.
The problem has been that not enough people have actually taken up the opportunity to enrol for Test and Trace and therefore the Government thought that using Love Island celebrities such as Shaughna Phillips and Chris Hughes would get the message across more quickly and they say it has helped.
Unfortunately, there was a slight glitch in the concept when many of those being paid overlooked mentioning that they were advertising on behalf of the British Government although when the Advertising Standards Authority got involved the Cabinet Office made sure that the truth appeared on their posts.
According to the Evening Standard, it didn’t really help that two of those endorsing the system posted images of themselves outside of the UK ignoring the concept of social distancing.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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