This country paid a catastrophic price for a reckless overreaction to a disease that was only life-threatening to a small number of people who could have been protected without imprisoning the entire population. As each day passes, more evidence emerges that shutting down society for prolonged periods to “stop the spread” and “protect the NHS” was a monumental disaster.
Hancock, obviously, disagrees. The Rt Hon Member for West Suffolk is not just unrepentant: he still wholeheartedly believes that as health secretary during the pandemic, he made all the right calls.
These are the words of Isabel Oakeshott who has written an article ‘The Truth about Matt Hancock’ that was published in The Spectator yesterday. Oakeshott co-authored ‘Hancock’s Pandemic Diaries: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle Against Covid’ and has noted the “key lessons” she took away from the very revealing writing process she undertook with a man whose approach to the pandemic she vehemently opposes.