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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 June 2021
Hopeless Hancock replaced
Tory ex-minister Matthew Hancock MP, photo Policy Exchange (Creative Commons) (Click to enlarge)
As soon as the prime minister announces his 'full confidence' in a government minister in a pickle, you know they're doomed.
And so it came to pass that the now former 'totally f.....g hopeless' health secretary, Matt Hancock, had to fall on his sword.
Of course, this is of little comfort to those thousands of families whose vulnerable relatives died unnecessarily from Covid-19 because Hancock discharged elderly patients from the NHS into the privately run care sector without testing them first.
And it doesn't exonerate Hancock and Johnson for dishing out lucrative PPE and other Covid-related public contracts to Tory party chums.
And who is going to replace TFH Hancock? None other than Mr Austerity himself, the ex-chancellor Sajid Javid.
But if the PM thinks this game of musical chairs will draw a line under this farrago then he should think again. The drubbing of the Tories in the former Tory stronghold of Chesham and Amersham shows that voters don't take kindly to being dumped on by a rotten government.
Johnson's only saving grace is that HM opposition - Labour's Keir Starmer - is also TFH!
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In The Socialist 30 June 2021:
What we think
NHS after 3 July protests Trade unions must organise serious action
Fight to save our NHS
Royal London Hospital
Fight the health and care bill
Keep private hands off NHS patient data
We don't want a USA-style healthcare system
Post-pandemic railway battles loom
East Mids train guards strike
Stop the Channel 4 sell-off!
Hopeless Hancock replaced
Millionaires multiply during pandemic
Dalian Atkinson - police found guilty of killing ex-footballer
Biden police reform
Can Biden reform the police?
Socialist candidate wins NIPSA general secretary election
Gateshead: Sacked electricians reinstated
Support Gary Clark for CWU executive
Support Sharon Graham for Unite general secretary
End bullying and victimisation at Oaks Park school
Unite members step up action against bullying Mungo's managers
Sandwell Leisure workers: No to 'fire and rehire'
The Israeli working class
German Greens: The image and reality
Protesters halt Nadia's eviction
Brighton: Moulsecoomb strike against academisation
York residents demand land for local community needs
Young Socialists march in London
Pride is a campaign, not a business opportunity
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