Pandemic Diaries: The inside story of Britain’s battle against Covid

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Pandemic Diaries: The inside story of Britain’s battle against Covid

Pandemic Diaries: The inside story of Britain’s battle against Covid

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Other messages from October 2020 appear to show Mr Case suggesting coronavirus guidance should be delivered by "trusted local figures, not nationally distrusted figures like the PM, sadly".

In one message, dated 14 April, Mr Hancock reportedly told aides that Prof Sir Chris Whitty, the chief medial officer for England, had conducted an "evidence review" and recommended "testing of all going into care homes, and segregation whilst awaiting result". Johnson is no stranger to infidelity, which some say makes Hancock’s claim that the former PM gave him “personal advice” on how to cope with the exposure of his and Coladangelo’s affair one of the most plausible. Hancock says he shared Whitty’s forecast three days later, on January 31, at a Brexit Day Cabinet meeting in Sunderland, but was largely met with shrugged shoulders.Stepping back for a moment, you don’t have to pick a side in the Cummings-Hancock war to see the practical difficulties of trying to run a Covid strategy with these two, plus a prime minister who in the middle of the second deadly wave apparently inquired about testing his dog to see if it had had Covid.

If you have an entire wall of shelving to spare, I recommend picking up the 13 volumes of William Gladstone’s diaries. A collection of more than 100,000 messages sent between former Health Secretary Matt Hancock and other ministers and officials at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic have been obtained by the Telegraph. Three volumes cover the last three decades of the 20th century – including an acerbic telling of the downfall of Margaret Thatcher’s government, in which he served. The texts were passed to the newspaper by journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who has been critical of lockdowns.

The former health minister claims that even Chief Medical Officer Sir Chris Whitty’s warnings were met with a shrug. Hancock’s first revelation dates back to January 2020, when rumblings of a virus in China first came to attention in the UK. Sources have long suggested that Hancock consults Coldangelo before he “does anything big” and his TV interview in December 2020, following footage of the first British citizen to be inoculated with the Covid jab, was seemingly no exception. Her tests, I am told, have not passed validation — which would explain why the company hasn’t won any contracts.

Or of Hancock delivering his instructions as Health Secretary from “a director’s chair with ‘Hancock’ across the back”, gifted to him by Pinewood Studios. By the summer of 2021, so many people were sent automated “pings” by the NHS Test and Trace app telling them to stay at home that restaurants and other businesses were forced to close through lack of staff. Mr Case replied in the early hours of Oct 25, explaining that it might not be “an issue” that this easing of the quarantine restrictions had been briefed to the papers, apparently by Downing Street. These are not a great of the genre, but are worth a note for the inclusion of a bombshell: former Tory MP Currie’s admission of a four-year affair with John Major (the former prime minister who was then a government whip).Clark doesn’t always come off brilliantly – especially in regard to his attitudes to women (he describes his future wife as “a perfect victim”) and he held views that I’m going to describe as Channon-adjacent. Mr Hancock's spokesman accused the Telegraph of doctoring the messages by excluding a line from a text from one of his aides which "demonstrates there was a meeting at which advice on deliverability was given". The book also sees him throwing former Downing Street aide Dominic Cummings under the bus, claiming that Cummings thought, “Covid was a distraction from our official withdrawal from the EU next week. So run the opening words of yesterday’s first extract of Matt Hancock’s Pandemic Diaries: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle Against Covid. From then on in, the basic thrust of the narrative is that everyone but Matt Hancock was responsible for the litany of failures that ensued.

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