Ex-Minister Tried to Scare Brits Into Covid Compliance, According to Leaked Texts

Ex-Minister Tried to Scare Brits Into Covid Compliance, According to Leaked Texts
Опубликовано: Wednesday, 08 March 2023 06:36

In order to secure adherence to the government’s Covid-19 limitations, the former UK health secretary Matt Hancock wants to “frighten the pants off everyone,” a trove of hacked text conversations has shown.

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper received access to more than 100,000 text communications. A claimed conversation between Hancock and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case in January 2021 in which Case allegedly said that “fear” would be a “vital” element in securing UK residents’ compliance with Covid limits is one of them.

They also seem to indicate that, in an effort to maximize the effectiveness of lockdown regulations, Hancock considered when to alert the public about the finding of a new strain of the virus.

“Rather than doing too much forward signalling, we can roll pitch with the new strain,” a purported message from Case reads. Hancock reportedly responded: “We frighten the pants of (sic) everyone with the new strain.”

“When do we deploy the new variant,” Hancock apparently asks in a subsequent message.

On December 13, 2020, there was an alleged text message exchange that occurred as worries about a high rise of Covid cases in southeast England were growing. Hancock announced the discovery of a fresh Covid-19 version the next day, on December 13.

As the Boris Johnson-led Tory government scrapped plans to reduce regulations, London and southeast England reached a “tier 4 alert status” five days later, imposing greater Covid restrictions for the Christmas holiday. The third nationwide lockdown in England’s history began on January 6, 2021.

The texts also showed that Hancock and other government officials were worried that Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, may oppose preparations to place the English metropolis under a severe lockdown. Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, has already fought with the government over its intentions to impose tight lockdown regulations in the region.

The “vast breach” of text conversations, which Hancock called a “major betrayal,” had “absolutely no public interest case,” according to his response to the revelations.

On Thursday, Hancock stated, “As we have seen, publishing them in this way presents a partly skewed perspective to fit an anti-lockdown agenda.

Journalist Isabel Oakeshott, a well-known opponent of lockdowns who had been working with Hancock on his biography, sent the communications to the Sunday Telegraph. According to Oakeshott, the public interest justifies the text message disclosures.

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