Sunday, March 26, 2023

Ex-Minister’s Texts Lift the Veil on U.K. Covid Policy. It Isn’t Pretty.

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A trove of more than 100,000 WhatsApp messages exchanged between Matt Hancock, then the British health secretary, and other government figures revealed the scramble to coordinate the virus response.

Britain’s top civil servant warned in October 2020 that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a “nationally distrusted” figure who should not announce new social-distancing rules in the depths of the coronavirus pandemic.

The health secretary at the time, Matt Hancock, disparaged an eminent medical researcher who had publicly criticized Britain’s handling of Covid as a “complete loudmouth.” Mr. Hancock also mocked “Eat Out to Help Out,” a program to lure people back to restaurants sponsored by Rishi Sunak, referring to it as “eat out to help the virus get about.”

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