Matt Hancock

Dominic Cummings still needs to back up his allegations

17 June 2021 12:41 am

When Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s former chief advisor, gave evidence to the Covid-19 ‘lessons learned’ joint select committee last…

Cummings's messages aren’t a ‘bombshell’ revelation

16 June 2021 9:35 pm

On days like this, I despair of the media-political village where I’ve spent most of my adult life. Because that…

Speaker blasts Boris again over lockdown announcement

15 June 2021 7:10 am

The government has just suffered a further verbal drubbing for the way it announced it would be delaying the roadmap…

Is Matt Hancock trying to spin a vaccine supply crisis?

18 March 2021 5:33 am

Matt Hancock was tremendously smiley when he led Wednesday’s coronavirus press briefing. In between beaming, he managed to tell us…

A tighter lockdown risks being a less effective one

16 January 2021 9:00 am

When lockdown was first proposed in March, one of the many arguments against it was that people would tolerate being…

The delicate balancing act of lockdown messaging

12 January 2021 7:14 am

Matt Hancock spent Monday evening trying to explain a very delicate tension to the public. There’s the good news of…

The truth about me and Dominic Cummings

21 November 2020 9:00 am

It is such a relief that Dominic Cummings has gone. Not for the sake of the country or the government…

Trust is fraying – a circuit break would save it

18 October 2020 5:01 pm

Nearly a month ago I called for an urgent 24-day full national lockdown, arguing that the restrictions were unlikely to make a significant…

Boris Johnson’s human shield

10 October 2020 9:00 am

At a Conservative party conference fringe event last Sunday, Lord Bethell, a health minister, was asked where he thought Britain…

The vaccine goalposts have shifted

8 September 2020 3:42 am

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock provided a vaccine update this morning London time, reporting that the chances of the Oxford…

Three hours to prepare for a local lockdown

31 July 2020 7:53 am

My weekend plans have somewhat been ruined by Matt Hancock tonight. The government has announced new lockdown restrictions for over…

Social distancing destroys our lives as social beings

13 June 2020 9:00 am

A lockdown diary is an oddly negative thing. At the dinner parties that we aren’t going to, we aren’t discussing…

Who is in charge of the government?

21 April 2020 10:52 pm

Boris Johnson is still officially recuperating from coronavirus at Chequers and is ‘not doing government work’, according to No. 10.…

If anything is ‘essential’ right now, it’s cigarettes

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The owners of my local grocery shop, a mile or so from my house, very kindly sell me cigarettes in…

How worried should we be about coronavirus?

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus may be more widespread than we think – and less deadly

Matt Hancock’s Boris endorsement irks One Nation Tories

17 June 2019 6:50 pm

Is Boris Johnson’s route to No. 10 now unstoppable? The former foreign secretary has more MPs backing him than any…

George Osborne: My campaign to Make Hancock Great Again

16 March 2019 9:00 am

The best thing about the Evening Standard going to print at lunchtime is that we can be first to a…

The NHS must reform – or it will become obsolete

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Since the Budget, economists have pointed out that Britain is turning into a health service with a government attached. The…

The amazing story of the married woman and the future Pope John Paul II

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In his authoritative biography of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel writes lucidly about the unlucid subject of phenomenology. It…