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Photo of betrayed wife Martha sealed hypocrite Hancock’s fate

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Distress: Martha Hancock, wife of British Health Secretary Matt Hancock. Credit: Hollie Adams

Distress: Martha Hancock, wife of British Health Secretary Matt Hancock. Credit: Hollie Adams

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Distress: Martha Hancock, wife of British Health Secretary Matt Hancock. Credit: Hollie Adams

We don’t like to be judgmental these days — it seems so pious and pompous — and words such as “adultery” seem so very Old Testament. Anyway, we’ve renamed adultery with the American “cheating”, although that isn’t particularly complimentary either. Who honours a cheat?

The unfolding of the Matt Hancock affair — after the health secretary was videoed in an intimate clinch with his paramour — took an initial course of cautiously “non-judgmental” evasion. There was a lot of talk about ministers’ personal lives being a private matter.


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