Matt Hancock’s Covid inquiry appearance has heaped more pressure on the former Health Secretary, and a new viral video has pulled his comments apart.
Under questioning he said was “profoundly sorry for each death”, and that he understood why some people would find it “hard to take that apology from me”.
Hugo Keith KC, lead counsel to the Covid Inquiry, pushed Mr Hancock over what happened during the pandemic and leading up to it.
Hancock stressed that the “attitude, the doctrine of the UK was to plan for the consequences of a disaster”.
He said the government was focused on different questions, such as “can we buy enough body bags?” and “where are we going to bury the dead?”
“That was completely wrong,” Hancock added.
Then Mr Hancock said: “The only answer I can give is because I was assured that we had the best system in place in the world.
“In hindsight, I wish I’d spent that short period of time [before the pandemic] changing the entire attitude to how we respond to a pandemic.”
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Perter shared the video and wrote: “Matt Hancock tells covid inquiry “the irony is one of the major problems we had early on was covid 19 has asymptomatic transmission.. and the WHO assumption was that this wasn’t possible until April 2020” We can all see where this is going.”
He followed up the tweet and wrote: “This should be causing outrage. Every UK news show should be reporting it & playing these clips. Why is it always left to me.”