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Government rules out searching Matt Hancock’s private emails. What does Johnson NOT want to find?

Matt Hancock: I thought I might not get another chance to use this image of him looking gormless. How wrong I was!

Despite admitting that Matt Hancock used his private email address to carry out government business, Boris Johnson’s gang won’t check his private emails to find out what he did in them.

Why not?

It seems the government has no record of much of Hancock’s decision-making during the pandemic, and this is because he carried out his business by private email.

Government guidelines expressly demand that ministers who use their personal emails for Parliamentary business should “take steps to ensure the relevant information is accessible” but it seems clear that Hancock hasn’t bothered.

Otherwise, why would The Sunday Times state that no record exists to show how Hancock negotiated PPE contracts, created the test-and-trace programme and oversaw the care homes strategy?

The nation needs to know about these matters because we need to know how much money he wasted on the first two, and how many lives he wasted on the third.

It seems clear that the only reason the government won’t go through Hancock’s emails is fear of embarrassment; he was incompetent at best, and a search could reveal the kind of mistakes that are actionable in court.

The claim to have been through 1.4 million documents already, so checking Hancock’s mail won’t be necessary, is clearly a smokescreen. Why do all that work when you can get all the information you need just by looking at one person’s emails?

The Good Law Project is already calling for Hancock’s inbox and outbox to be examined.

If the information won’t be provided willingly, perhaps this organisation should seek a court order?

Source: Government rules out searching Matt Hancock’s private emails – BBC News

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Did the media delay Matt Hancock ‘affair’ story to keep Labour’s useless leader in place?

Hancock and Starmer: it seems evidence of the former’s affair was held by a Tory-supporting newspaper in order to bolster the latter’s position in the polls, because Starmer is considered a better advert for keeping the Tories in power than Hancock.

Here’s a disturbing new wrinkle in the story of Matt Hancock’s affair with Gina Coladangelo and his fall from the UK Cabinet.

According to Jeremy Corbyn’s former spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin, The Sun – a member of the UK’s mass media that insists on calling itself a newspaper while consistently failing to meet the standards required – had evidence of Hancock’s affair for a considerable period of time before publishing it.

He reckons that… periodical… sat on the CCTV image, waiting for the best moment to use it – a moment that would create a political advantage for its own bosses and their opinions.

So the images – taken by a CCTV camera that had been moved from its original angle – were made on May 6, but The Sun didn’t publish them until nearly two months later, on the weekend before the Batley & Spen by-election.

Zarb-Cousin reckons the intention wasn’t to support Labour and its candidate, Kim Leadbeater (The Sun supports the Conservatives politically) but to ensure that the Labour Party remained stuck with a useless party leader in Keir Starmer – who is doing more harm to the UK’s official Opposition party from the inside than any Tory ever could (Starmer’s future as Labour leader was in doubt as pre-election polling showed Labour could lose the formerly-safe seat but he seized on the wafer-thin majority of 323 votes won by the party to claim a huge resurgence in support):

Zarb-Cousin puts forward convincing evidence:

There can only be one reason a Tory would want to keep an Opposition leader in position, and that is because they believe their own position in government is made safer by him being there.

Of course this puts Starmer in an untenable position because action to keep him in place by the Tories undermines any authority he has as a force to remove them from power…

… but we all know, now, that he won’t do the honourable thing and quit because he wants power for himself.

Does he just want it for its own sake, or is he actually following a plan to destroy the Labour Party? I don’t know.

Does it matter? No.

In the distorting hall of mirrors that is the Westminster media, we can only rely on what we see.

And, seeing that a Tory-supporting rag withheld information until it could be used to support the Labour leader, we must conclude that he is unfit for the job and must be removed.

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Does anybody think Matt Hancock will face any real punishment over his affair scandal?

The snog and The Scream: a reminder of what Hancock did – and of our reactions when we saw the CCTV image for the first time.

I don’t – even though a Tory councillor in his constituency is calling for him to resign as a member of Parliament – or be deselected if he doesn’t, so he can’t stand as a Tory again:

Ian Houlder has written to the local Tory party calling for Mr Hancock to be removed as MP for West Suffolk in the wake of his resignation from cabinet.

The West Suffolk councillor said Mr Hancock’s actions were “beyond the pale”, adding that his “honour, integrity, probity and honesty, should he have had any, [is] trashed beyond redemption”.

In his email to the chair of the West Suffolk Conservative Association, Mr Houlder said the controversy had shown Mr Hancock to be a “selfish, egotistical man”.

“He has let every member of the public down, pontificating that they should all make huge sacrifices on the altar of the pandemic, whilst doing the complete opposite himself,” Mr Houlder added.

Those are all valid points.

But Hancock is a wired-in member of Boris Johnson’s gang who will probably be back in the Cabinet as soon as any of the other dodgy individuals there are forced to go the same way he did.

For now, I think we’ll hear from apologists saying, “He’s suffered enough,” which is the usual excuse.

Suffered? He looked like he was enjoying himself immensely in that damning photo of him snogging his aide.

But that’s Tories for you. Nobody in the party hierarchy honestly believes Hancock did anything wrong. Rules are for other people and the power to hire and fire is there so Cabinet ministers can satisfy their grotty little carnal desires.

Meanwhile, Mr Houlder’s motives seem readily apparent.

As a Tory councillor, he’s probably standing in line for his own chance to take the constituency seat in Parliament. The Hancock scandal is just a chance to jump the queue by eliminating the incumbent.

I don’t think he’ll succeed but it will be interesting to see how the Tory leadership handles it.

Source: Matt Hancock faces constituency backlash over affair scandal – with calls for him to ‘resign without delay’ | Politics News | Sky News

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Tory MPs have been using private emails to covertly conduct government business for YEARS

Boris Johnson: who knows how much government business the prime minister has corruptly carried out over his own personal email account, in order to hide it from your scrutiny? And before anybody says they expect honesty from the PM, let’s all remember that we all knew what he is before he won the 2019 general election.

Why is everybody making such a fuss about Matt Hancock carrying out government business on the sly via his private email account now? Tory ministers have been doing this habitually since 2011.

There can only be one reason for it, too – and that is to avoid proper and lawful scrutiny of activities that they know are not acceptable behaviour for government ministers.

Michael Gove was caught using private emails to communicate with Department for Education personnel, all the way back in 2011.

Financial Times journalist Chris Cook established that Gove and some of his special advisers (or Spads) had been using private email accounts to conduct business which appeared to many (eventually including the Information Commissioner) to be Government business. It was suggested that this had been done to avoid potential disclosure of the emails through FOI.

Did Gove receive any punishment for this? No.

Liam Fox’s personal email account was hacked by Russians in 2019 when, as International Trade Secretary, he was responsible for negotiating a trade deal with the United States.

The hackers lifted 450 pages of classified information from the account, prompting Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party to ask why Fox had been using an unsecured personal email address to carry out government business.

Has there ever been an answer to this question? No.

There have been attempts to justify the use of private emails – Tory MP Tom Tugendhat claimed in 2016 that he had received private advice from GCHQ, the government communications centre in Cheltenham, that a Gmail account would be more secure against hacking than the government’s own system.

It’s possible that he was telling the truth – after all, it has been claimed that GCHQ routinely monitors MPs’ private email accounts in any event. Alarmingly, it seems the US National Security Agency is also privy to any information gathered during these sweeps. Why?

And now we have information showing that Matt Hancock, Lord Bethell, Helen Whately and PM Boris Johnson himself have all misused their personal email accounts in order to hide business they have done as members of the government from lawful scrutiny.

You may have heard misinformation claiming that ministers are allowed to conduct some business by private email, depending on the seriousness of the matters concerned and the level of security to be applied.

This Writer heard a mealy-mouthed Tory apologist making such claims on Radio 4’s PM on June 28. They are not true.

Cabinet Office guidance clearly states that “The originator or recipient of a
communication should consider whether the information contained in it is substantive discussions or decisions generated in the course of conducting Government business and, if so, take steps to ensure the relevant information is accessible (e.g. by copying it to a government email address)”.

There is no opt-out. Any and all emails in which government business is carried out must at least be copied into the government’s email system and any failure to do so is a breach of the rules.

Sadly, the guidance note does not describe any sanctions that could be used against government ministers or officers for misuse of private email accounts to carry out government business in secret. This is a common omission that makes the rules themselves a dead letter; worthless.

In other words, while it is entirely possible that Hancock, Johnson and all the others have been corruptly hiding dirty Tory deals for more than a decade, there isn’t a damned thing that can be done to stop them.

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Hancock out, Javid in – it seems Boris Johnson has few Tories to choose from

Sajid Javid: the new Health Secretary has been compared with Gollum from JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth fictions.

Hancock had to go, in the end.

Not only had he brought the position of Health Secretary into disrepute by breaking his own “guidelines” (and we all thought they were rules), but he had allowed the Tory government to be ridiculed.

And nobody thought he should stay. This Site’s (admittedly unscientific) poll gave a 100 per cent result in favour of him resigning.

And now he is gone.

(I’m not saying he went just because of my poll’s result, but it does seem to have reflected the mood of the nation at large, meaning it was impossible for him to stay.)

Ironically, that leaves the woman he allegedly hired solely so he could have an affair with her, stuck in a Health Department job that she may not even be qualified to hold. We know nothing of her record as an adviser.

But he’ll probably be back very soon.

Yes – now for the bad news.

You see, Boris Johnson has appointed Sajid Javid as Hancock’s replacement.

Javid was removed from his previous Cabinet job as Chancellor of the Exchequer in February last year, after a row with Johnson and then-prime ministerial adviser Dominic Cummings over his own advisers.

The fact that he is back now – filling the gap left after the first Cabinet change since he left – suggests that Johnson has very few allies in his own party.

This could explain his refusal to sack his ministers; with only the Britannia Unchained mob (Patel, Raab, Truss, Kwarteng) and a few Brexiters to choose from, he can’t afford to lose anybody.

This would also explain the increasing wave of corruption in Johnson’s ranks.

They know he is weak and they are exploiting it.

Further signs of Johnson’s weakness are evident – and likely to become more so after Javid’s appointment.

We have already seen attacks from Dominics Cummings and Grieve, and the defection of John Bercow to Keir Starmer’s Labour (not a huge leap, sadly).

I’m willing to predict more backstabbings from what we might call more “traditional” Conservatives, as they realise an 80-seat Parliamentary majority doesn’t mean more than 360 supporters for Johnson’s fascism.

They have plenty of attack options – the fact that Johnson allowed Hancock to make so many mistakes, break so many rules (all right, “guidelines”), and generally corrupt his office shows that the prime minister’s judgement is highly questionable.

The fact that Johnson refused to sack Hancock in the face of the public outcry also raises serious questions. Other PMs have sacked ministers who brought their administration into disrepute, even though it meant hiring MPs less sympathetic to their own politics, but Johnson didn’t.  That could be a valuable pressure point in the future.

In fact, there’s really only one ray of hope for Johnson amid this political and public relations disaster:

Hancock’s personal life brought him down, not his utter failure at his job.

This is a man whose three years as Health Secretary were characterised by rampant corruption – the appointment of an adviser purely so he could have an affair with her is just one example – and incompetence.

He gave contracts to provide the NHS with personal protective equipment (PPE) to Tory donors and friends who failed to do so. In the time he wasted this way, tens of thousands of people died.

He wasted £37 billion on a privatised “track and trace” system that still doesn’t work after a year. That organisation was run by Dido Harding, who now wants a job running NHS England – and if she gets it, she’ll ruin it as well.

He lied to us repeatedly about the seriousness of the Covid-19 threat, about the effectiveness of the government’s opposition to it, and about the incompetence of his own decisions (covering up his uselessness).

He failed to provide appropriate guidance to protect care home residents from Covid-19 – most especially from fellow residents returning from hospital but also from staff who worked in multiple homes.

I’m listing these examples off the top of my head, by the way – they are so obvious I don’t even have to research them.

But those failures aren’t what brought him down.

Johnson can take heart from this. It shows that the mindless mass of tribal Tory voters is still right behind him – convinced that his government is doing what’s right for the UK, even as it drags us into the cess pit of fascism and exploitation.

It’s a very small gleam of sunlight through the clouds surrounding him, though.

He has surrounded himself with corrupt incompetents just like Hancock, whose rampant self-interest will bring them before the court of public opinion again – very soon.

What will Johnson do when the mob is baying for the next one’s head?

Source: Matt Hancock quits as health secretary after breaking social distance guidance – BBC News

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Why is Twitter blocking searches for photos and videos of Matt Hancock? Political bias?

Smug little cheat: and Matt Hancock seems to have reason to be cocky, what with Twitter suppressing embarrassing photo and video searches.

There is no reason for Twitter to do this – other than political bias.

Read:

I’ve checked and it is accurate. Photo and video searches using Hancock’s name have been disabled.

Twitter users may wish to inquiry of @TwitterSupport just why it is supporting an unfaithful husband who breaks his own safety rules, thereby increasing the risk of contracting a potentially fatal disease that has been blighting the world for a year and a half.

What’s the strategy there, Twitter?

Something for the weekend, Mr Hancock? Here’s what you’ve given us [HUMOUR/STRONG LANGUAGE]

The last day or so have been a hard time for Matt Hancock and he has said he would appreciate being left alone to come to terms with the revelations about his love life.

FAT CHANCE!

It’s bonanza time for those of us who enjoy mocking what’s he’s been doing with his banana.

I haven’t even seen much of what’s going around but I know you’ll get a kick out of this…

… and this (it’s long, which is probably more than we can say for Matt, and it’s enjoyable, which again…)…

Oh dear – it seems Facebook is demanding you watch it on that platform. Please do. In the meantime, here’s – the real – Matt strutting his stuff on stage with Therese Coffey. What a sex machine!

How about this comment on Hancock being busy saving lives?

A friend of mine has tried to raise the tone by comparing the photo of Hancock having that extra-regulatory snog with Gina Coladangelo with classical art:

Apparently the choice of colours make it much more like The Scream than what was probably intended:

You go for Klimt but you get Munch. I’m sure many women understand that sensation.

Never mind, Matt – you can always try to justify it by saying you’re an “Alpha Male”. Just don’t expect anybody to take you seriously… ever again.

One parting shot: here’s Jonathan Pie to bring it all home to Hancock in a big way. Be warned that he doesn’t hold back at all and the language is extreme:

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POLL: Will people break Covid-19 ‘guidelines’ – amid the rise of the Delta variant – because of Hancock’s affair?

It would be just the excuse that Boris Johnson needs, wouldn’t it?

Covid-19 is back on the rise, across the UK, due to the arrival of the Delta variant that Johnson refused to keep out; he kept our borders open to let it in instead.

But look! Along come pictures of Matt Hancock breaking the rules to have an affair with a former college friend he had installed as his adviser at the Department of Health.

Won’t that trigger another round of rule-flouting, in line with what happened after Dominic Cummings ran off to see that mythical optician in Barnard Castle last year?

That would be just handy-dandy for Johnson, who could then blame rising Covid cases on public stupidity rather than having to admit that he did the wrong thing, yet again.

The idea of the public doing such stupid things is already being touted in the media so he’s probably gearing up his press machine to say it already.

There’s just one snag: because Johnson has already forgiven Hancock, he would be a hypocrite to blame anybody who copied the Death Health Secretary.

I don’t think that would stop him but it is important for the rest of us to bear in mind.

Now you’re thinking about all of the above, shall we have some polls?

Source: Matt Hancock kiss: Covid families warn it could undermine efforts against virus – BBC News

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Matt Hancock is incompetent, utterly corrupt and hypocritical. Judge JOHNSON by what happens to him

Lover boy: what do you think attracted Gina Coladangelo into a social distance-busting affair with Matt Hancock? It’s hard to see the incentive from this image.

This is a test of Boris Johnson’s leadership.

Matt Hancock has appeared to be Teflon-coated ever since he was first appointed as Health Secretary in 2019.

He immediately set about corrupting and discrediting the position (which some might consider a hard job, after his Tory forerunners stank up that office in their own ways). I’ll go into that shortly.

The current allegations are that he corruptly appointed a college friend, Gina Coladangelo, to a non-executive directorship in the Department of Health, where he then had an affair with her – breaking social distancing rules in the process.

So he was abusing his power in order to bypass the selection process to get his choice. Oh, but wait:

A government spokesman said Ms Coladangelo’s appointment had been “made in the usual way” and had “followed correct procedure”.

If “the usual way” is bypassing fairness in order to appoint cronies, we might be more inclined to accept this explanation. Was “correct procedure” the emergency rule that the government used to dodge competitive tendering to give Covid-19 contracts – and huge amounts of public money – to Tory cronies?

He was also abusing his own social distancing rules by having an affair with this woman.

And he was a hypocrite because he had criticised Professor Neil Ferguson for breaking the rules to have an affair, then deliberately did the same thing himself:

Mr Hancock called Prof Ferguson’s actions “extraordinary”, adding that social distancing rules were “there for everyone” and were “deadly serious”.

Let’s add these latest indiscretions to the list already accumulated by Hancock, shall we?

First, perhaps we should discuss the firm run by his in-laws that he got onto the NHS procurement list and that made him a major shareholder right before it received a big NHS Wales contract.

Perhaps he’s counting his lucky stars, today, that it wasn’t a firm run by relatives of his wife?

His policies caused thousands of Covid-19 deaths in care homes.

He claimed nearly £1,000 of public money for software to improve his image on the internet.

He failed to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to NHS medical staff – and then lied about it. He fed us a lie that there was never a PPE shortage.

He broke the law by keeping details of Covid-19-related contracts with companies run by Tory cronies secret.

He broke his own 10pm pub curfew because he considers himself to be above the rules he imposes on the rest of us.

After promising that care homes would enjoy regular Covid-19 testing, he failed to provide it.

He lied about hitting the 100,000-a-day Covid-19 tests target.

He liedrepeatedly – about causing the deaths of 40,000 care home residents.

He created a “fast-track” system to award Covid-19 contracts to companies run by Tory cronies.

He got his vaccine strategy from a Hollywood movie.

He blamed young people for causing a rise in Covid-19 when the real culprit was his government policies.

He lied that suicides had decreased during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, they were on the rise.

He lied that the government was merging its failed contact-tracing app with one developed by Apple and Google.

He received £100,000 in donations from horse racing organisations – and questions were asked about how strongly this influenced his decision to open Newmarket to horse racing during the early-2020 lockdown.

And now, this affair.

Hancock’s offences are legion. So is his incompetence. But Boris Johnson has stood by him throughout all of the above – possibly in the knowledge that, as long as Hancock is around, Johnson himself won’t take all the blame for the decisions of his government.

In times past, a cabinet minister like Hancock would have been off to “spend more time with his family” the moment a whisper of an indiscretion or lack of integrity made it into the newspapers.

That hasn’t happened yet with Hancock – but for how much longer can Johnson resist demands to sack his floundering flunkie?

The longer he delays, the more incompetent and weak Johnson will make himself seem.

Source: PM must sack Matt Hancock after affair claims – Labour – BBC News

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Cummings’s WhatsApp revelation shows up the shortcomings… of KEIR STARMER

Q: which one of these is “totally f***ing hopeless”? A: it was a trick question. They BOTH are.

About half an hour before Prime Minister’s Questions on June 16, Dominic Cummings published WhatsApp messages from March last year that appeared to show Boris Johnson stating that Death Health Secretary Matt Hancock was “totally f***ing hopeless”.

If that’s true, then Hancock should never have been allowed to remain as Health Secretary throughout a pandemic crisis. The incompetence he exhibited to the UK’s prime minister, and the PM’s lack of confidence in him, means he was always likely to preside over more than 100,000 (maybe more than 200,000, if some calculations prove correct) unnecessary deaths.

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner correctly identified this:

But the Opposition leader, Keir Starmer, clearly didn’t – because he never mentioned it in Prime Minister’s Questions:

It’s a basic failure that shows Johnson and Hancock aren’t the only ones in Parliament who can’t do their job properly.

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