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The Covid Inquiry goes on tour

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The Covid Inquiry seems to be fixated on one thing at the moment: how much cash can it burn through before it is expected to conclude in 2027? So far the Inquiry has already racked up £56 million on costs to fund its army of lawyers and civil servants, with £1.3 million alone spent on its website and online form.

Still, it seems like the Inquiry has found a new way to keep the gravy train moving next year: by going on tour.

According the Inquiry’s latest newsletter (of course the Inquiry needs a newsletter) the Every Story Matters project is set to hit the road. The project aims to collect thousands of stories about people’s experiences of Covid, even from people who didn’t actually catch the disease or have ‘an experience that is directly related to the virus.’

Not content with merely spending money on an expensive advertising campaign, the project in February 2024 will now travel to ‘Glasgow and Paisley, Enniskillen, Derry/Londonderry, Stockton-on-Tees and Bradford’ to get people to share their pandemic experiences. No doubt multiple other locations will be booked in later in the year as well.

Mr S can only hope that visitors to the Inquiry roadshow ask why it seems so intent on wasting taxpayers’ money…

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