I joined talkRADIO’s Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije on Saturday to discuss then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock, decency and competence, and the UK Government’s deadly mishandling of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Our 10-minute chat was less than an hour before Hancock announced his resignation after he was caught on CCTV kissing and groping aide Gina Coladangelo in his Health Ministry office. Giving way to 36 hours of criticism, he confirmed that he broke guidelines on social distancing, issued in his name.
However, he said nothing to his wife and his children. Nor did he acknowledge his role — with failures over care for the elderly, track-and-trace, and personal protective equipment — in the Government’s oversight of one of the deadliest Coronavirus tolls in the world. And he did not address his conflicts of interests, as he took out shares in his sister’s company, which won Coronavirus contracts, and employed Covadangelo as his assistant.
Beyond Hancock, should others be held accountable over both personal behavior and threats to health and security, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson?
If Matt Hancock is removed for personal reasons involving questions of decency and morality because of his family relationship, the Prime Minister has a chequered record when it comes to his personal behavior….
The Health Secretary and the Prime Minister should be the people who ensure our security, our safety, and our health. If they are doing that, we want them there.
But if the Health Secretary, and even the Prime Minister, are not contributing to our health, safety, and security; if — hypothetically — their priority has been cronyism and even personal financial benefit; if they have not carried out their duty to us to protect and serve, then they should no longer be in office.