DIdo Harding’s Crystal ball

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GrumblyMumblyisnotJumbly Tue 10-Nov-20 23:09:33

Should we start crowd funding for a new crystal ball for Dido Harding? As the one she’s been using is rubbish.

No-one predicted the increased demand for testing in September when schools and Universities returned she says. And when the select committee ask when the next surge for increased testing is anticipated Dido, head of NHS Test and Trace, says it’s not her job to know.

Looking in my crystal ball I forecast that test and trace won’t be improving as fast as necessary while she’s at the helm.

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wildbarnet Tue 10-Nov-20 23:27:34

She needs to go ... honestly the woman is an idiot

Olmec8 Tue 10-Nov-20 23:31:49

I'd suggest Christmas when everyone breaks the rules and gets tipsy.

Redolent Wed 11-Nov-20 02:08:07

She’s an absolute fucking disaster. Also a demonstration of how this Tory party is so cavalier with public money whenever it suits it (dishing out of lucrative contracts to its cronies with no competitive tender process).

GrumblyMumblyisnotJumbly Wed 11-Nov-20 07:26:41

Apparently project moonshot is 3 x the policing budget!! We are going to be paying for this for the rest of our lifetimes which would be fine if a) it actually worked b) was an investment in systems which could be used in the future. It’s not. Our money is being fed to SERCO /Deloitte etc and their performance is poor.

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whatisgoingtohappen Wed 11-Nov-20 07:27:41

She gives me the rage.

Over 500 people died in the past 24 hours sad.

GrumblyMumblyisnotJumbly Wed 11-Nov-20 07:33:43

Where there have been improvements in actual tracing rates it’s been achieved through local tracing teams from councils etc who are used to working within communities. They should redirect money from Serco to the councils.

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CharityPecksniff Wed 11-Nov-20 07:37:17

Love the title of this post! grin

Shame it's not a laughing matter though. sad The money that's been handed to Dido is scandalous.

GrumblyMumblyisnotJumbly Wed 11-Nov-20 07:46:24

@CharityPecksniff the title is down to Dido’s response to the select committee yesterday when they questioned her on when demand could increase again:

Baroness Harding said: ’Armed only with my crystal ball, all of us around are working so hard with experts in science, in medicine, in behavioural science to understand what may happen as we go forward.'

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Reedwarbler Wed 11-Nov-20 09:13:00

She's the classic example of it's not what you know but who you know. She has also presided catastrophically over EE and Thomas Cook.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 11-Nov-20 10:19:00

She’s without shame. No wonder she gets on with Boris.

GrumblyMumblyisnotJumbly Wed 11-Nov-20 11:05:10

The expenditure on Dido's 'cherry on the cake' app alone is £11.8billion


Expenditure on Irish tracing app (which was launched earlier) €850,000 (£773,000)


Even when spending a fortune the damn thing still doesn't work properly:

Is that really value for money?

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TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 11-Nov-20 11:09:51

No it isn’t. The billions figure includes the cost of the actual tests. We’re not comparing like with like.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 11-Nov-20 11:11:32

I’m no Dido fan and I utterly abhor this corrupt and inefficient business of giving jobs to mates but there are some very dubious figures being thrown around.

SisyphusDad Wed 11-Nov-20 11:15:58

Her crystal ball is working perfectly. It points her from money pot to money pot with 100% accuracy.

GrumblyMumblyisnotJumbly Wed 11-Nov-20 11:46:53

@TheCountessofFitzdotterel my mistake I did a typo it was million not billion

'The NHS contact-tracing app has so far cost £11.8million, it has been revealed in the House of Lords.

During a sitting on June 22, Lord Bethell, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for innovation, was asked how much the app had cost the taxpayer.

“The cost to date has been £11.8million,” he told the House of Lords.

I assume we can take his word for it?

He's also invloved in Randox (remember them from the faulty recalled test kits in the summer) being awarded an extended contract (reportedly for £347m) with no other companies invited to bid.


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TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 11-Nov-20 11:53:17

Thanks Grumbly. I had wondered if you were quoting from the tweet discussed at the start of this Unherd article but obviously you have a better source smile

starsinyourpies Wed 11-Nov-20 13:24:00

@Reedwarbler she also ran Sainsbury's online when it was a total shambles then jumped ship before improving anything.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 11-Nov-20 15:24:04

I was working with nurses talking about the second wave before the first wave was over.

GrumblyMumblyisnotJumbly Fri 13-Nov-20 10:08:12

More testing failures announced, this time in IT (reminiscent of the Sept spike caused by the excel spreadsheet that had reached capacity & meant people were not informed of results):
Data released by NHS test and trace shows the length of time taken to reach potentially infectious people hit itsworst weekduring the period of the computer errors. Only 43.6% of close contacts were reached by the system within 24 hours in the week to 21 October, compared with 67% the following week. However, it is not known whether the IT failure contributed to these delays'


My DH tried the test &trace app on his iPhone this morning and its just a frozen screen, it doesn't even open!

Apparently Major,Blair,Brown and Cameron all wrote to Johnson in July emphasising the crucial part testing would play in an effective response. The Government keep telling us how big the capacity is but its no good if they fail in getting results to people or contact tracing takes takes too long / doesn't reach people. Harding should be answerable about strategy going forward and this should not just be pouring more taxpayers money to companies that fail to deliver an effective testing service.

As a pp suggests Christmas (including more international travel) and then school/ University returns in Jan will create another surge - you can put that in your crystal ball Dido!

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BaitandSwitch Fri 13-Nov-20 10:20:44

Is Dido Harding the new Chris Grayling?

GrumblyMumblyisnotJumbly Wed 18-Nov-20 15:07:57

Well her crystal ball didn't spot that one coming either:

I'd be in hiding in isolation too if I was presiding over the shambles that is track and trace:

1 in 8 cases were being recorded in the wrong location in Sept / Oct as test and trace were using students home addresses rather than where they were living! I saw an item on the news yesterday that Reading University have implemented their own local tracing system for students and staff which has 100% success.

The city of York have launched their own contact tracing service launching in October- on Wednesday 28 October, the local service reached 100% of people that the national system were unable to reach.


Yet still the 'Not Really' NHS Track and Trace lurches from disaster to disaster, is profiting private companies and failing to make the most effective interventions.

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