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UK health minister resigns after breaching coronavirus rules by kissing aide

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It appears that Johnson, Hancock and Cummings were all trying to pull something outside of public scrutiny and have now been caught red-handed and red-faced by the tabloid media. Shameful.

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It's always rules for everyone else but them lousy hypocrites.

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It is truly hard to believe that this person found TWO different women who willingly agreed to have sex with him.

Ladies, up your expectations.

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Sometimes people just have the perfect name to describe themselves. In the UK I had a gardener whose name was Tom Gardener, and here we have Matt.....

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I am Two-chinned, clammy-skinned, failing comb-over white guy shaming, Einstein.

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Hanky-panky hapless Hancock, a hopelessly dishonest Health Secretary, should have been sacked for incompetence.

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The government is also facing questions about the circumstances in which Hancock hired Coladangelo, a university friend who was appointed to his department last year. She was initially employed as an unpaid adviser and this year became a non-executive director at the Department of Health, a role that pays about 15,000 pounds ($21,000) a year.

A "a non-executive director at the Department of Health" would not even need to turn up or log in to meetings. Money for nothing in a department that is being decimated.

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Ciao wet lettuce.

Incompetent batty Tory boys

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What a loser.

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He’s left his wife too. I bet she said good riddance.

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It's normal in the UK.

In the UK, the prosecution rate for sex crimes is 4%, and only 1.9% for rape crimes.

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Hypocrisy and politics generally go together.

He went against his own guidelines on contact with non family members and needs to go.

As for infidelity, there’ll be enough of hell coming from the press. Feel sorry for the spouses and children of both involved.

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If he had kissed his wife, would he have to resign for breaking social distancing rules?

What rule did he break?

She was an employee, not his wife, so social distancing rules very much applied.

His big head may have been single mindedly focused on the pandemic but his little brother was focused on something else! The whole thing is kind of a trifecta. Highly questionable hire (what exactly qualified her for her position, oh, never mind I think I know), the Health Minister who is supposed to set the example for a nation to defeat the Covid pandemic caught breaking Covid rules with said employee and he was caught cheating on his wife. Frankly I think he has more to worry about at the Home Ministry now.

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This is a distraction from what he's done since March 2020, particularly regarding giving his acquaintances prime contracts with the government.

Have you seen the video? Don't you think it's strange a 'CCTV' camera wobbles around? In this case it's more like the bigger problem is the national security issue of such material being leaked from such a sensitive location

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When are people going to realize that the measures against the virus spread do not apply to people of privilege?

Despite all the attempts to make it appear as such.

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Incompetent batty Tory boys

And somehow they just keep getting re-elected over and over again. Kind of miraculous don’t you think?

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She was initially employed as an unpaid adviser and this year became a non-executive director at the Department of Health, a role that pays about 15,000 pounds ($21,000) a year.

Isn't it a month ? won't even a waitress be making more than that a year.?

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French-kissing while fondling the right butt-cheek.

What a geezer.

I love it.

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At least he's getting some...

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Burning BushToday  08:36 am JST

She was an employee, not his wife, so social distancing rules very much applied.

He didn't practice what he preached. Lockdown rules apply to all or they mean nothing. And he endangered his mistress who could've become at least a carrier herself.

Very dumb move, Matt. Could you imagine the hell Dr. Fauci would get if he did something this hypocritical and stupid?

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He left his wife too.

The Italian kisses better.

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God’s honest truth: the cuckolded husband of the woman the Health Minister (Hancock) is fooling about with founded a firm called "Bonas", and has recently provided free hand cream and a guide to self pleasure!

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Finally, some good news for a Sunday morning.

Let's hope it's the first of many but I somehow doubt it. This is a long way from over. There's been to much invested in this whole charade.

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The Sun actually does something of service other than serving as toilet paper. Wonders will never cease.

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For British politicians, getting sacked is temporary - an occupational hazard. Like a Kpop star, Hancock is just going on hiatus for a bit. He will be recalled when they have to sack someone else further down the line, and scrape the bottom of the barrel again to fill a sinecure.

Priti Patel was forced to resign from her position as Secretary of State for International Development by Theresa May for breaching the ministerial code regarding unauthorised contact with a foreign government. Despite multiple subsequent bullying accusations, she is now Home Secretary.

British politicians are like roaches. They always come back.

If you want to find out what they are up to, read 'Private Eye', which details the Old Chum networks that speed the traffic of public funds into private pockets.

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The public, the electorate, the people must have confidence in a politician integrity.

Morality is linked to public life. Trust and ethics.

Family must come first.

Sorry, marriage vows, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

It has got to have meaning.

And for Hancock, his choice as a politician in public life. Has to follow a code that is right, honest, and acceptable.

Or resign. Hancock resigned,

He should have been sacked. Does that not asseverate as much about the morality/integrity of Boris Johnson as it does of Hancock?

The public will have to decide.

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If he had kissed his wife, would he have to resign for breaking social distancing rules?

What rule did he break?

Paragraph 2 sentence 2.

So basically, kissing anybody other than your wife is now illegal.

Not now, no. Paragraph 2 sentence 2 again.

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@gfklinToday  08:08 am JST

It's normal in the UK.

In the UK, the prosecution rate for sex crimes is 4%, and only 1.9% for rape crimes.

it’s an interesting point you raise. Like a sidestep to thinking.

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Actions like this only serve to give fuel to Covid deniers, who can say that this is proof that the pandemic is not anywhere as dangerous as the public is led to beliEve.

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WolfpackToday  08:39 am JST

Incompetent batty Tory boys

And somehow they just keep getting re-elected over and over again. Kind of miraculous don’t you think?

Not really when you look at the atrocious opposition of Jeremy corbyn's labour party - or the war on truth in the digital age - coupled with the recent rise of right wing populism. Honestly your comment reeks of ignorance of British politics. I've watched you become radicalized over the years so I don't expect you to grasp that for some of us "right good left bad" simply doesn't quite cut to the nub of things.

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Can’t understand why any fellow right-leaning posters here would defend Hancock. He’s an incompetent slime ball and yet another exemplar of the rules-for-thee set.

Makes you want to disobey his idiotic edicts simply on principle.

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I find it rather amusing that "liberal-minded" people are offended by two consenting adults(albeit married to others) are found to have enjoyed a little romance. Rather prudish...

It's not like she is less than half his age and a college intern working under the powerful national leader.

Yes, affairs happen. Is that really surprising?

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DanielsanToday  09:36 am JST

Actions like this only serve to give fuel to Covid deniers, who can say that this is proof that the pandemic is not anywhere as dangerous as the public is led to beliEve.

Thats because it isn’t as dangerous as people like Hancock would have us believe. He’s just another lying chump in a long line of them who have been enforcing lockdowns etc over the last 16 months, then doing the opposite in private. Just a couple of weeks ago we saw all that theatre of elbow-bumping and anti-social distancing at the G7 for public consumption by the proles, after which the politicians drop the facade and get up close with handshakes at the private BBQ.

Sorry to say, but anyone who believes this pandemic is as bad as your politicians, big pharma PR and media claim is being played like a violin.

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This guy joins a LONG list of leaders and public figures in multiple countries -- the UK, the US, Canada, and others -- hypocritically breaking the COVID rules that they so forcefully foisted upon the rest of us.

Seriously, this list is absolutely legion.

Makes you wonder if this is, or ever was, really about health.

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Bob FosseToday  09:34 am JST

If he had kissed his wife, would he have to resign for breaking social distancing rules?

What rule did he break?

Paragraph 2 sentence 2.

So basically, kissing anybody other than your wife is now illegal.

Not now, no. Paragraph 2 sentence 2 again.

Hell has frozen over. I’ve agreed with you ;-)

Credit where it’s due.

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It appears that Johnson, Hancock and Cummings 

One could not make up better names individuals involved directly or peripherally in a sex scandal, lol.

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As for infidelity, there’ll be enough of hell coming from the press. Feel sorry for the spouses and children of both involved.

An old George Thorogood song comes immediately to mind "Move it one over"

She told me not to fool around

But I done let the deal down

Move it on over

Rock it on over

Move over little dog

Big ol' dog's movin' in

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To give the guy credit, he has been diligent in going in to the office, and he has been more hands-on than some of his predecessors.

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An insider has leaked the footage to get rid of him.

However, he basically appointed his fancy bit to a meaningless role generously paid by the taxpayer for the little work it involved, and then broke lockdown rules with her. If we are to have any standards in public life, it is easily a resigning offence.

There has also been huge corruption with the government giving their mates with no experience big commissions to buy the wrong PPE on AliBaba. These "medical suppliers" include the landlord of Hancock's local pub. The lack of appropriate PPE meant the NHS suffered the most deaths of any medical system in Europe. This is what Hancock should have been forced out for, and long before this footage became public.

PM Johnson also give his lover 100,000 pounds of taxpayer money for consultancy in a no-bid contract.

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The Tories as repulsive, slimy and hypocritical as ever but not as funny. I remember the days of electric iron cords and oranges in the mouth and late night shenanigans with minor celebs while wearing Chelsea kits.

Better days.

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Hmm. Good to see the back of him, but who's going to replace him? Luckily there's already a good supply of mealy mouthed, self absorbed corporate sell outs at Westminster.

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If you want to find out what they are up to, read 'Private Eye', which details the Old Chum networks that speed the traffic of public funds into private pockets.

As an overseas subscriber, I always look forward to Lord Gnome's organ arriving in my postbox.

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If there were air raid sirens warnings of Hancocks incompetence it is the appointment of Dido Harding (the serial queen of corporate carnage) to oversee the Covid test, track and trace program.

Hancock confidently expressed “can’t think of anyone better than Dido”.

The same Dido Harding head of the communication firm talk talk that incompetence, the companies lack of focus on the threat of cyber attack, allowed two teenagers to hack and scrape 156,959 personal account details , including 15,656 bank account numbers and sort codes, 28,000 credit and debit card numbers.

The reality was Harding did not know how many customers were affected.

So Harding stewardship of test, track trace .

Covid: Seven damning criticisms of Dido Harding's NHS Test and Trace programme

https://www.itv.com/news/2021-03-10/covid-seven-damning-criticisms-of-dido-hardings-nhs-test-and-trace-programme

Now the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), a cross-party group, has said there's “no clear evidence” the £22 billion scheme, run by Baroness Dido Harding, contributed at all to a reduction in coronavirus infections.

The issue here is the multiple conflicts of interests, the deliberate failure of oversight to reign Hancock personal political agenda in.

Where are the opposition to this Government, Gone on holiday?

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A corrupt, lying, deceitful, incompetent clown directly responsible for the disastrous response to coronavirus in the UK. Should be the subject of a criminal investigation.

· £1.6 billion worth of PPE contracts (comprising 14 tenders) was awarded to entities with known connections to the Conservative Party. Three contracts worth £536 million went to politically connected companies for testing-related services.

· 98.9 percent of COVID-19 related contracts (£17.8 billion) were awarded without any form of competition. Contracts were awarded to suppliers without any proven proficiency. Fourteen companies incorporated in 2020 received contracts worth more than £620 million, of which 13 contracts totalling £255 million went to 10 firms that were less than 60 days old and which could have had no track record of actual business.

· Contracts awarded to politically connected companies were more likely to be published late. Details of 93 percent (28) of the 30 contracts awarded to politically connected companies were published late, compared to 70 percent (688) of the 970 without. Seven of these late contracts awarded to politically connected suppliers went unpublished for more than 100 days.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/27/cron-a27.html

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I am beginning to feel UK needs a more balanced consensus based form of Government.

The question is how?

And most importantly what form this cross party unanimity would/could take?

Hancock should have been sacked long ago, the system allowed little or no scrutiny to the incompetence that could have cost many lives in this pandemic.

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A corrupt, lying, deceitful, incompetent clown directly responsible for the disastrous response to coronavirus in the UK. Should be the subject of a criminal investigation.

OK, but the article isn't about Johnson.

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But look at what these people really do!

They make the rules the rest of us must follow.

Even after two vaccinations mask wearing is a must to enter shops and ride a bus etc.

Yet, the elite do not engage in the same practices as the rest of us except to spread their message of fear

We are all being conned...

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Just like the G7 meetings where nobody was wearing a mask and that includes spouses and girlfriends!

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Doesn't the UK have any politicians who are normal?

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He did what he did to the country to his assistant, literally.

he was running with a 3 part slogan

Stay home - protect the nhs - bang your assistant.

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As a conservative, even I think this ministry is a joke. Johnson, Cummings and Hancock have led the country through the most messy lockdown in the world and the economy is destroyed anyway. Telling everyone else to do one thing and giving themselves the privilege to do other things. They have no understanding of fiscal responsibility and are now in charge of an economy where inflation is going to wreck havoc and hurt proper public spending. The UK should be in lockdown right now due to the Delta variant...

And to top it all off, in a middle of a pandemic, Boris Johnson brings the token Muslim in to lead the healthcare agency.

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Well, he isn't a nice human being, but at least in the UK politicians are fired/resign when they do wrong. In Japan, errr no.

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Thousands of unnecessary deaths from Covid on bungling Hancock's inept watch with no legal repercussions for the man his equally incompetent boss called "totally... expletive... hopeless", yet he gets fired over the peccadillo of snogging with a woman he should have kept socially distanced in more ways than one. You couldn't make this stuff up! (because it's just the sordid reality of a failing state ruled by a privileged clique of public schoolboys, a chumocracy of entitled chancers living "above the law" since "more equal than others" - the deluded "plebs" who voted to "take back control". Lol!)

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Just saw the video on the Sun's website. Talk about being a fly on the wall !!!!!!!! Just about as erotic as John Major and Edwina Curry.

There's a reason why the expression 'Tory scum' exists. If they're not having affairs with colleagues, they're taking on aliases and pretending they don't have second jobs, acting like hypocrites telling others to do one thing and they do another, and not giving a damn if bodies piled up in their thousands. And don't get me started on that fiasco called Brexit. And no, the Republicans don't have a monopoly on giving jobs and contracts to their best friends.

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And no, the Republicans don't have a monopoly on giving jobs and contracts to their best friends.

Neither does the CCP or any number of other authoritarian police states whos civil service is nothing more than patronage for the dictators flunkies.

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I am beginning to feel UK needs a more balanced consensus based form of Government.

The question is how?

And most importantly what form this cross party unanimity would/could take?

If one looks at elected representative governments all around the world one finds party loyalty inhibiting passing meaningful legislation that benefits their nation. It is not just the UK and it is not confined to parliamentary style governments. Parties in general have become more rigid in their ideologies and less willing to compromise, and this often seems to be a fair reflection of the views of their constituents. In democracies all across the world, citizens are seemingly at war with each other. There is no good will towards anyone who thinks differently than you and those of your party/clan. It is not a good trend and seems to be getting worse as more global difficulties pile up.

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It does not take long before some one makes a vid or a joke about Mr M Hancocks affair

https://youtu.be/XPAoAMsJuxE

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In the Uk there is a total lack of apathy towards politics, the politicians either lie, cheat, line there own pockets with the tax payer money, or just dam right useless, no wonder we dont turn out to vote for them, how many times have the press caught politicians shall we say "on the job" with another person, most of them are or were married, what a bunch of hypocrits, how has this man got the gutts, check to tell us the minions, to stay 2 m apart, wash our hands, ware a face mask etc, what a joke!!

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exhibit #4356 of these weasel politicians not believing a single thing they are telling the public.

Not a single one.

If anyone believes these past 14 months are anything but a farce, you need your head checked.

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He will be back in the Cabinet in the next 2 years - well before the next General Election.

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