Jeremy Hunt seems to be revelling in the fact that he Matt Hancock has replaced him as “Worst-ever Health Secretary”.
After being removed from the government by Boris Johnson, he’s now a backbencher, albeit one who chairs the Commons Health and Social Care committee.
One would have expected him to toe the Johnson line, having been responsible for much of the harm done to NHS healthcare in the last 10 years.
Instead, he seems to be trying to carve out a new careers as a ‘voice of reason’ in the Conservative Party – hence his article in today’s (September 20) Fail on Sunday.
In it, he attacks the current Covid-19-related restrictions on people’s movements. Here’s the line that has created all the reaction, referring to the fact that mothers are being told they must give birth alone:
For families, it simply feels crushingly unfair and illogical that six people can meet in a pub and 30 people can go shooting, yet mothers have to go through one of life’s most harrowing and precious milestones alone.
Apparently he is supporting a Fail campaign to “end lone births”, saying that the rules are being imposed arbitrarily:
A postcode lottery is unacceptable on a matter of this importance.
Wasn’t he the health secretary who turned much of NHS care into a postcode lottery, across England (and in other UK countries whose NHS use English facilities)?
Yes he was.
It seems hypocritical for him to complain, because it is. And the public have seen it:
Privatising our NHS to fail is pretty unfair too… pic.twitter.com/bavrikAM47
— NHS & 🐢 fan (@sweeternigel) September 20, 2020
Totally. It’s also crushingly unfair that parents are threatened with prosecution for wanting to keep our children safe and school staff are forced to work in full schools & infections rising. @b
— Jassie 💛 (@JassieD) September 20, 2020
Crushingly unfair … it’s down right criminal.. add to this the cancer diagnoses missed and all the heart attacks that could have been prevented, the increases in mental health cases. It’s a virus; keep calm, take care and carry on.
— Diana (@HaleMum) September 20, 2020
The public have also noted some “crushingly unfair” aspects of Mr Hunt’s own behaviour:
Jeremy Hunt has somehow managed to carve out a position of the public’s friend & honest broker during Covid. We should not forget his stewardship of the NHS & how his policies effected the people working in it. #r4today
— john stephen (@johnstephen114) September 16, 2020
It feels crushingly unfair that you ‘forgot’ to declare income on the 7 luxury flats you rent out. #Itscalledtorycorruption
— The Pretender (@DGTriniLopez) September 20, 2020
And they want to know why the limit of Hunt’s opposition is an article in a right-wing rag:
So instead of doing something about it you write about it in the 'Fail on Sunday' How apt!!
— Sugar Tweets (@SugaryTweets247) September 20, 2020
Why don’t you do something then. This is your party. Stop carping on.
— The Beagle (@beaglebugle) September 20, 2020
We get it. But unlike us you are a member of the party in govt. Speak to them.
— Rachel (@rachelsmith999) September 20, 2020
Your party Jeremy, grow a spine and vote against it. If not, you’re complicit in all of this.
— Grumpyboatbuilder (@bitsofplastic) September 20, 2020
Last word must be the following. At a time when Labour has just unveiled its new slogan, Mr Ball points out that the Tories could roll out a new, accurate slogan of their own:
'crushingly unfair' would make a great, and very accurate, Conservative party slogan.
— Chris John Ball (@cjball_london) September 20, 2020
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