Matt Hancock has refused to resign after the High Court said he had breached a legal obligation to publish details of Covid-19-related contracts with private firms. He said he had been doing what was needed in order to save lives.
That, of course, has yet to be seen – and we shouldn’t have to wait too long.
The court’s decision means details of Hancock’s hidden contracts must be publicised at last. We will be able to judge whether he spent billions of pounds of public money on measures that have actually saved lives…
… Or simply funnelled cash into the pockets of Tory cronies and chums who then failed to do anything useful with it at all.
Sadly, Hancock is under no political pressure whatsoever to resign after Keir Starmer, a so-called “Blue Labour” turncoat who pretends to lead Her Majesty’s Opposition but instead acts more like a cheerleader for the Conservative government, spoke in support of him instead:
Keir Starmer out here defending the criminally corrupt Matt Hancock like a Tory minister.
The Labour Party has been captured.pic.twitter.com/rqR9hJbauD
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈 (@TheMendozaWoman) February 21, 2021
What a betrayal – well, you can tell how This Writer feels about it from my own response:
You're a former Director of Public Prosecutions but you couldn't even call for Matt Hancock to #resign after a court ruled he was guilty of unlawful acts.
The best way YOU can take Britain (and why not Northern Ireland too?) forward is by resigning yourself.
— Vox Political (@VoxPolitical) February 21, 2021
All Labour – as a party – has done is urge Hancock to publish details of contracts that remain secret at the time of writing, which is no more than the High Court ordered.
And Labour said he should stop using emergency procurement powers in order to put a stop to cronyism. He should have stopped months ago; procurement of Covid-related equipment and services was an emergency matter in February 2020 but by now it should be subject to the proper tendering process – the emergency should be over.
Some Labour MPs have demonstrated that they have more backbone than the party’s fake of a leader, though:
Matt Hancock should resign.
— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) February 21, 2021
It is hard to tell what is most disappointing about the way this story is developing.
If the UK’s government was functioning properly, then Hancock should have been out of a job within minutes of the High Court’s decision becoming public.
But government hasn’t functioned properly in this way since the 1980s, if I recall correctly.
The news media failed to grip the story properly; it is only because the social media publicised it that they felt pressured into mentioning it at all.
And the inaction of the Labour leader has been nothing short of contemptible.
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