Matt Hancock is apparently going into I'm a celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. I say apparently because I don't watch it and genuinely have no idea if he's already in there. Anyway, Hancock has got the whole of social media saying one thing: "I hope he gets eaten by a crocodile".

Matt Hancock is apparently going into I'm a celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. I say apparently because I don't watch the show and genuinely have no idea if he's already in there. Anyway, Hancock has got the whole of social media saying one thing: "I hope he gets eaten by a crocodile!"

Now as far as I understand, crocodiles stick to saltwater in Australia and given the show is taking place inside a jungle, that prospect seems sadly unlikely. Australian rivers do however contain 7-metre-long sawfishes and I would certainly like to volunteer Matt to wrestle one of those. If he's genuinely keen on rehabilitating himself, this is definitely what he should do.

In all seriousness, many people are saying it's totally wrong for Hancock to appear on I'm a Celeb and they're not wrong, but at the very least, it raises the possibility of him being publicly confronted. I don't for one minute think this is why TV bosses are putting him in there, they're just thinking of ratings. But hopefully one of the contestants has some backbone.

My fear is that Hancock passes himself off as a harmless, loveable idiot and the public lap it up, but this can easily be prevented if someone has the guts to confront him on the following truths:

  • care home discharges ordered by Hancock were ruled unlawful
  • government policy did not consider the risk of non-symptomatic Covid
  • Covid swept like wildfire through care homes after the unlawful discharges
  • 40,000 vulnerable people died from Covid inside care homes
  • the pensions bill was reduced by £800,000,000
  • the care bill was reduced by £1,200,000,000

Everyone knew what would happen when the government started discharging Covid-positive people into care homes at the height of the pandemic. We knew the frail and elderly were at extreme risk and there is no possible way the government did not. Matt Hancock as health minister was in charge of these decisions and he discarded 40,000 innocent people like they were rubbish, but hey, he saved £2 billion a year. That's a fraction of what the Tories gave to their mates for the dodgy test and trace system by the way. The Tories' entire Covid response was about looting and culling, and now they get to be celebrities?

Hancock is trying to rehabilitate his character, to pass himself off as an unfortunate health minister in a difficult position and this is perfectly true, but he did the opposite of what he was supposed to do. He catastrophically failed in his duty of care.

Let's not forget that Hancock flouted lockdown rules to cheat on his wife with his adviser, the married Gina Coladangelo, and was caught snogging her on camera. This came at a time when couples were ordered to live apart for the duration of lockdown. Relationships were put under intense strain while Hancock decided to shag around. He had contempt for human life and contempt for the rules.

This is a man who was interviewed on live TV by a woman and had a visible erection as he leered and shuffled towards her. Now if you think that's a silly thing to point out, just imagine the media reaction if that was Jeremy Corbyn or John McDonnell. They would have been lynched, but creepy Hancock gets off scot-free?

Hancock has, like other Tories, been able to get away with his crimes for too long and I hope he gets his comeuppance on national TV, but I'm not holding my breath. Just remember, when he's eating ostrich anus and kangaroo balls, it might seem entertaining, it might even seem like punishment, but if anyone else let 40,000 people die through sheer neglect, they would spend a very long time behind bars.

Now I'm fully aware someone like Hancock is never going to be prosecuted in a million years because our system doesn't hold politicians accountable like that, but he could be held to account in another way.

Hancock had the Tory whip removed for abandoning his post, meaning he is now standing as an independent MP. If his own party can recognise he's neglecting his responsibilities to his constituents, the law should too. In such circumstances, a by-election should be automatically triggered. Why should we be paying Hancock's wages when he's not even doing his job? In any other line of work, he'd be fired.

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