After a week of the media building up to it, on Saturday Matt Hancock, the now ex-Health Secretary, informed the public he had resigned. He did so by recording a statement and posting it on Twitter.
At first glance his video seems touched up – his skin tone enhanced and the leafy background added as an afterthought. If it wasn’t for a tuft of his hair blowing in the wind in time with the background foliage we would have been forgiven for thinking he was sitting in front of a green screen in an attempt to cover up his true location.
By the end of Monday the BBC reported Downing Street had denied Boris Johnson put pressure on Hancock to resign, and three hours later, The Guardian reported Johnson tried to claim credit for Hancock’s departure. So, which is it? Did he, or didn’t he? While legacy media battles it out to reach a consensus on the Hancock affair, let’s consider events they aren’t reporting on.
Last year, a contract VIP lane was set up by the Government to enable PPE purchases to be fast-tracked. When questioned Hancock said it was ‘absolutely appropriate’ to help an ex-minister secure £178mn contract. Since June 2020 the Good Law Project has been taking legal action regarding the PPE fiasco and the more they scratch the surface, the more serious questions that arise. Their legal action has culminated in a court hearing which is now over and we are now awaiting the judgment.
In March, the People’s Union of Britain (“PUB”) filed a private criminal prosecution (“PCP”) against Hancock, Chris Whitty, Patrick Vallance and Neil Ferguson for pandemic fraud. After a brief hiccup in early June, when the papers were passed to Westminster Magistrates Court but the Statement of Case had somehow been separated from the three evidence files, the Judge proceeded to review the evidence. Last week the Judge rejected the case setting aside expert witness testimony as mere “hearsay”. PUB has announced it’s launching an appeal in the High Court.
In April, a request for investigation of the UK Government and its advisers, for genocide, crimes against humanity and breaches of the Nuremberg Code, was issued to the International Criminal Court at the Hague.