From SNP Media today:
The SNP has branded UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock “cack-handed” after he made crass, politically-charged comments about the UK’s handling of COVID.
Speaking at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, Hancock claimed “the union has saved lives” and failed to face up to the reality of the UK government’s mistakes made during the pandemic.
SNP Deputy Westminster Leader Kirsten Oswald MP said:
“Matt Hancock’s bid to politicise Covid is distasteful and cack-handed in the extreme – as he rightly says, the virus doesn’t respect political boundaries, and countries large and small across the world have had to deal with the pandemic.
“There should be no crowing from the Tories about their handling of the crisis given the clear mistakes which have been made along the way, including the UK government’s failure to act quickly when it came to international travel restrictions, or to follow the Scottish Government proposal for hotel quarantine for all overseas arrivals.
“Matt Hancock’s comments also come after the UK Government was forced to come up with a proper agenda for the proposed 4-Nations Covid-19 summit because Boris Johnson was more intent on pursuing it as a PR opportunity than as a serious exercise.
“The SNP and the Scottish Government stand ready to work with the rest of the UK nations and political parties to chart our way safely through the Covid crisis behind us – but that is not helped by crass comments like Matt Hancock’s.”