'Jaw-dropping colonial hangover': fury greets Matt Hancock's UN Africa role
By SEAMLESS DAILY
13 October 2021
matt hancock made a surprise comeback last night as he was given a united nations role just four months after resigning as health secretary.
Hancock resigned as health secretary in June after leaked CCTV footage showed him kissing an aide, in breach of social distancing rules.
CCTV images showed him in an embrace with Gina Coladangelo in his office in the Department of Health and Social Care.
He said :' I'm thrilled to be joining the UN Economic Commission for Africa in its impressive efforts to support Africa strengthen its economic recovery from the pandemic and the sustainability of its development.
Mr Hancock was a Bank of England economist before entering Parliament in 2010 and the UN's Economic Commission for Africa said he had been awarded his new role 'based on his economic policy expertise ’ as well as his ‘ in-depth understanding of government ’.
"Your success on the United Kingdom's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the acceleration of vaccines that has led the UK move faster toward economic recovery is one testament to the strengths that you will bring to this role, together with your fiscal and monetary experience."
Former health secretary Matt Hancock has announced his comeback as a United Nations special representative to Africa.
In his acceptance letter, also posted on Twitter, the Conservative MP wrote : "As we recover from the pandemic so we must take this moment to ensure Africa can prosper."
nick dearden, director of global justice now, part of the people's vaccine alliance demanding global vaccine equity, added : "matt hancock helped to block international efforts to allow low and middle-income countries to produce their own covid-19 vaccines, leading to millions of deaths in the global south.
"The audacity of this man claiming to help African nations and promote sustainable development is sickening."
Hancock's appointment, which will be unpaid, comes as a damning report from MPs was published on how errors and delays by the UK government and scientific advisers cost lives during the pandemic.
In a wide-ranging report, MPs said the UK ’ s planning was too "narrowly and inflexibly based on a flu model" that failed to learn the lessons from Sars, Mers and Ebola.
The response, which only yesterday – lest we forget, the very same day that Hancock announced his whizzy new job – was described by a parliamentary report as, "one of the most important public health failures the UK has ever experienced".
Mr Hancock, who resigned as health secretary in June after his affair with an aide was revealed, posted a letter from Vera Songwe, under-secretary general of the UN, asking him to be the special representative.
She wrote : "It is against this backdrop that I wish to appoint you to the role of ECA's Special Representative on Financial Innovation and Climate Change given your global leadership, advocacy reach and in depth understanding of government processes through your various ministerial cabinet roles.
In his response, Mr Hancock said he was "honoured" and "delighted" to accept and acknowledged that while richer countries have been able to step in with financial support during the pandemic, "most of Africa simply haven't had this sort of capacity".
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