Melanie McDonagh Melanie McDonagh

The hypocrisy of Matt Hancock

People were banned from kissing under laws that Hancock came up with. Is that fair?

Matt Hancock pictured with his aide Gina Coladangelo (Getty images)

Matt Hancock has not, we can agree, made it his business to lighten the public mood during the pandemic. That lugubrious face was designed by nature for a downbeat message. Who can forget his injunction to ‘hug carefully’ and responsibly as lockdown eased? (Before that, his regulations meant no one got within hugging distance of anyone.)

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