England have reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 and Matt Hancock is out of his role as health secretary: a series of events that have seen Telegraph columnist and Planet Normal podcast host Allison Pearson smile. In this week’s episode, which you can listen to with the audio player above, she tells co-host Liam Halligan why she welcomes the former Cabinet Secretary’s resignation: “Mr. Hancock may have done favor to all of us by exposing the rancid double standards we all live by. And I think in the future we can all invoke the Hancock exception if someone challenges us.”
For Pearson’s Planet Normal co-pilot Liam Halligan, the display of lockdown rules has exacerbated the sense of ‘us and them’: When it’s not Hancock snogging during office hours, businessmen are free to travel because they contribute to the wealth Nations, while hard-working families have doubled or tripled the cost of their vacations, as well as the massive hassle and uncertainty of PCR testing.”
Also on the podcast: Social Democrat leader William Clouston tells listeners what will set his party apart in the closely followed Batley and Spen by-elections and why he thinks the Labor Party no longer shares the values of its former constituents.
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Join Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan to discuss Matt Hancock, the Batley and Spen by-election and the latest episode of Planet Normal in the comments section of this article on Thursday, July 1st at 11am.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/07/01/planet-normal-matt-hancock-has-done-us-favour-exposing-westminsters/ ‘Matt Hancock has done us all a favour by exposing Westminster’s rancid double standards’