Our legal victory, which proves there has been institutionalised cronyism over Covid contracts, will have real-world effects

  • Jolyon Maugham QC is a barrister and director of Good Law Project

Shut out the noise and the story is a simple one.

The pandemic was starting to hit. To manage public health, government needed to influence public behaviour. To influence public behaviour it needed to understand how different health messages would land. To understand how messages would land it needed feedback from focus groups. And getting focus groups meant getting external help.

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Jolyon Maugham QC is a barrister and director of Good Law Project

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