The previous well being secretary’s choice to participate on this 12 months’s I’m a Movie star, Get Me Out of Right here ignited widespread scorn, criticism, and debate. After it emerged he was coming into the jungle, Hancock had the Tory whip suspended.
A lot of the contempt has been targeted on the MP for West Suffolk’s overseeing of failings throughout the well being division throughout the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to the actual fact he’s netting a cool £400,000 for collaborating within the actuality TV present.
Every day Mail columnist Dan Hodges joined the controversy, coming to the previous well being secretary’s defence.
“The fact is Matt Hancock did extra to guard individuals from the affect of Covid than any of the celebrities sitting spherical their jungle campfire,” Hodges tweeted.
The remark sparked censure and mock.
“He truly will get paid for writing tripe like this. The state of contemporary “journalism,” somebody tweeted.
“You do know these different celebrities weren’t well being secretary, don’t you,” one other mocked.
“What number of of these “celebs” worn out 30,000 susceptible people within the protected surroundings of care houses? You get it improper so typically Hodges. So, so unhappy,” was another response.
Hodges isn’t any stranger to creating sweeping statements, presumably geared toward inciting response, solely later to backpedal on his personal remarks.
Following the election of Liz Truss in early September, Hodges spoke of how the Tory contest has ‘served Liz Truss – and the nation – effectively.’ Simply weeks later he was talking about how Truss will ‘consign her get together to political oblivion,’ if she doesn’t change course.
Maybe Dan Hodges will find yourself consuming his phrases concerning the disgraced former well being secretary too, who’s fortunately being coated in bugs and slime Down Underneath as his constituents in West Suffolk are with out an MP for nonetheless lengthy the general public determine to maintain him on the present.
Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead is a contributing editor to Left Foot Ahead
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