Hancock set to get usual free pass offered to Tory ministers
The government has announced an ‘independent’ investigation into David Cameron’s lobbying of ministers via text message on behalf of collapsed investment firm Greensill Capital. Cameron sent messages to Rishi Sunak and other Treasury ministers asking them to involve Greensill in the Tories’ emergency pandemic loan scheme for businesses.
However, the ‘independent’ Cabinet Office probe is not expected to include the revelation that Health Secretary Matt Hancock had ‘privately’ met both ‘Dodgy Dave’ and Lex Greensill for drinks in 2019.
The Tories have long abandoned even a nodding acknowledgement with the ministerial code, even more so under Boris Johnson – and indeed such breaches seem almost to be regarded as a qualification for promotion. Hancock has remained in post despite the High Court’s ruling that he broke the law in the way he awarded contracts to Tory backers and associates during the pandemic, so ‘private drinks’ with a former PM and his financier employer are likely to be considered no more than a minor inconvenience by Hancock’s habitually dodgy boss.
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