In His four-hour proof session with MPs, the biggest compliment given to Matt Hancock is that he survived, he did not add to his own hardships, and his political career, did not end. You see, in the world of Hancock, China is at fault. As a novel excuse he plays neatly into current synophobia and increasingly reliable indications of a new coronavirus escaping from a laboratory in Wuhan. In any case, the Chinese failed to close their borders and alert the world. It is, however, the latest in a series of clever reinforcements developed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in recent months – spreading the blame for the failure on Kovid to as many suspects as possible, as if it were a game of Clyde. The list of suspects is long and some of it is popping.
Earlier, he had suggested that it was the people’s fault for disregarding the lockdown rules, which, of course, were all very clear and logical: Hancock announced in January the shortcomings in the tire system.
Hancock also has a permanent alibi that he was “following science”, another way of blaming experts for giving a stressful opinion. Moreover, it is certainly an indisputable fact that (the epidemic) was “unprecedented” all over the country (or across the continent) and therefore (despite the evidence of the planning that took place) could not be created. The lack of protective equipment and testing (and thus the care home scam) can be explained away that way. The request that he and his departments are working incredibly hard has garnered the sympathy of non-partisan members of the public, but, many will be happy to see him removed immediately. So far it remains insulation for Boris Johnson.
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