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‘Is that how they wear masks in Britain?’ Matt Hancock’s affair with a married aide goes global as he’s brutally mocked on Australia’s Have You Been Paying Attention?
A headline-making British sex scandal resulted in some hilarious jibes courtesy of the Aussie comedians on Have You Been Paying Attention? on Monday.
The panel reacted to the resignation of UK health minister Matt Hancock, whose affair with a married aide was caught on CCTV and splashed across the tabloids.
‘Is that how you wear a face mask in Britain?’ asked Glenn Robbins.
‘Is that how you wear a face mask in Britain?’ A headline-making British sex scandal resulted in some hilarious jibes courtesy of the comedians on Monday’s Have You Been Paying Attention? Pictured (L-R) Glenn Robbins, Tim McDonald, Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds and Sam Pang
Tim McDonald added: ‘I do know this. That’s Matt Hancock. He was the health minister; he’s now the minister for home affairs.’
Quizmaster Tom Gleisner said Hancock’s extramarital affair was in ‘breach of Covid rules’, adding: ‘He’s been forced to withdraw… resign!
‘He’s stepped down from his post…’
Anne Edmonds then asked if you could ‘get Covid like that… round the back’ – referencing Hancock’s hand placement in the leaked CCTV footage.
Tom replied: ‘Well, I think it might be an exposure site.’
Scandal: They reacted to the resignation of UK health minister Matt Hancock (R), whose affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo (L) was caught on CCTV and splashed across the tabloids
Hancock, 42, quit as Britain’s health minister on Saturday after he was caught breaking Covid-19 rules by kissing and embracing an aide in his office – enraging colleagues and the public who have been living under lockdown.
In the latest scandal to rock a government that has overseen one of the highest official death tolls from the pandemic, Hancock wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign, saying he had let people down.
An increasing number of his fellow Conservative lawmakers had privately called for him to go after the Sun newspaper published photos on Friday of the married minister embracing a woman whom he had appointed to a taxpayer-funded role to scrutinise his department.
Amused: Comedian Celia Pacquola burst out laughing when quizmaster Tom Gleisner said Hancock had ‘been forced to withdraw’ after his affair with a staffer was exposed by the press
The woman in question, Gina Coladangelo, is married to businessman Oliver Tress.
At the time the pair were recorded kissing in Hancock’s office last month, it was against the rules for people to have intimate contact with a person outside their household.
‘Those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that’s why I’ve got to resign,’ Hancock said as he announced his departure.
Busted: Hancock’s clinch with his lover Gina Coladangelo was caught on camera
According to various reports, Hancock and Coladangelo are ‘in love’ and have now left their respective spouses to be together.
Hancock had been at the centre of the UK government’s fight against the pandemic, routinely appearing on television to tell people to follow strict rules and to defend his department against criticism of its response to the crisis.
He has been replaced by Sajid Javid, a former finance minister with widespread government experience but new to health.
Javid was forced out of the Treasury in early 2020 when he lost a power battle with Johnson’s then most senior ally, Dominic Cummings.
He will be tasked with helping the state-run health service recover from the pandemic and to deal with any future infection waves. Cases have started to rise in the last month.
Hancock’s departure also marks an embarrassment for Johnson after he said on Friday that he had accepted Hancock’s apology and considered the matter to be closed.
He said on Saturday he was sorry to receive the resignation.
‘You should be immensely proud of your service,’ he wrote in reply to Hancock. ‘I am grateful for your support and believe that your contribution to public service is far from over.’
Resigned: Hancock, 42, quit as Britain’s health minister on Saturday after he was caught breaking Covid-19 rules by kissing and embracing an aide in his office – enraging colleagues and the public who have been living under lockdown. Pictured with his wife, Martha, in London on June 18 – just days before his political downfall
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