Matt Hancock is the last MP to be thrown under a bus

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What readers are talking about today (Image: Getty)

One of today’s discussions centers around former health secretary Matt Hancock and recent leaked news.

One reader thinks he’s been thrown under a bus, while another wonders how do people like Hancock and Boris Johnson get to power?

Other topics of debate include a shopkeeper letting a thief go free after being ordered to do so by the police, and anti-makeup posters in schools.

Read on and give your opinion…

■ It’s ridiculous that shopkeeper Jarnail Singh Atwal was asked by the police to let the thief go free (MetroTalk, Friday). Mr. Atwal caught him in the act and locked him in his shop, but officers told him to let the thief go or stand trial himself after the thief threatened to set the shop on fire.

This situation has been going on for years. When I was 14, a friend of my uncle called the police to report a night robbery at his house. A friend was told by the police that they would drop by in the morning. My uncle’s friend replied, “How long do you expect me to sit on it too!” It took them two more hours to get there. Darren, West Drayton

Store owner Jarnail Singh Atwal

Store owner Jarnail Singh Atwal caught the shoplifter but police told him to let him go (Image: Tom Maddick/SWNS)

■ I work in a supermarket and we deal with thieves every day. We often have to let them go because they know their rights.

So they come back the next day or week and do the same thing. It’s like a domino effect, they tell their friends who are doing the same. These scum make a good living out of it. C, Halifax

■ For Ken in London (MetroTalk, Friday), being “a desperate person trying to make ends meet” – as you describe the thief Mr Atwal – does not justify stealing.

Stole washing machine tablets. If I was that desperate, I wouldn’t even use the washing machine – I would wash by hand.

I don’t agree with locking up a shoplifter, but the police are so slow to respond to crimes they classify as petty theft, I understand why the shop owner would do it.

He’s trying to keep his business going through tough times and shouldn’t be expected to suffer the consequences of the cost of living crisis and shoplifting. K. Aylesbury

■ Friday MetroTalk Page: No Police, No Vegetables, Brexit Disaster and Covid Mishandling. Sums up 13 years of mismanagement by the Conservative Party. Neil Dance, Birmingham

Matt Hancock

Did Matt Hancock get hit by a bus? (Photo: PA)

■ Jennifer from Manchester (MetroTalk, Friday) asks how rogues like Matt Hancock – and, I might add, Boris Johnson – can gain influence and power over us. It’s simple: enough of us will swallow our bullshit and vote for their party under our flawed electoral system.

Those who win the debate and get the most votes must also be right and certainly must have a mandate – this is democracy, right? No, it’s not. Proper democracy requires a balanced, educated, logical and skeptical electorate rather than a bunch of suckers who swallow pigs and promise to bring these scoundrels to power for their own ends – and then complain about it. Gordon, Croydon

■ Matt Hancock is just the latest member to be thrown on a bus to appease the public and divert attention from another issue. Why else did people like Isabel Oakeshott wait until now to release the former health secretary’s 100,000 messages instead of when she got access to write his book? Matthew, Birmingham

■ Hancock is “very disappointed and saddened by massive betrayal and breach of trust” (Metro, Friday). Perhaps now he has an idea of ​​what the rest of the country thinks of him. Julian Self, Milton Keynes

■ What Oakeshott did is wrong. He shows that he has no integrity and is willing to make deals he has no intention of keeping. George Curley of London

The school sent the right message with its anti-makeup posters


Should all schools campaign against makeup? (Photo credit: Getty/iStockphoto)

■ Parents hit high school after they removed mirrors from girls’ restrooms and put up posters that make-up was a harmful drug (Metro, Fri).

Now deleted, the news at Christopher Whitehead Language College in Worcester sparked a backlash.

I agree with the words on the posters that said “If all girls didn’t wear makeup…guys would have no choice but to fall in love with girls because of natural beauty” and “Beauty is nothing without brains.” I also agree with where they are placed.

What’s wrong with natural beauty? It’s funny how girls and some women overload their faces with makeup. I hope there was also a poster about fillers – so many women’s faces look like they’re made of plastic.

As for complaining parents, you should be showing your children how beautiful they are, not encouraging them to look like painted dolls. Anna, London

■ I thought the criticism of the makeup and mirror removal posters was out of place. I think the goal was to help girls believe that they’re okay the way they are and don’t need makeup.

It was an attempt to give them confidence and tell them that they don’t have to succumb to the relentless pressure of being beautiful. Barb, Bristol

And one more thing…


Was singer Chaka Khan right when she made her statement? (Picture Paras Griffin/Getty)

■ Absolute bravo from Chaka Khan, who lashed out after being told who was on Rolling Stone’s list of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time (Metro, Fri).

Chaka was listed at No. 29, but said “it must be payola or some shit”, which Mariah Carey ranked No. 5. She also had a shot at Adele and Mary J Blige.

The ones he mentions shouldn’t be in the top 2000, let alone the top 200. Mariah Carey? Give me strength. Alana, Glasgow

■ Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians often disagree about how they behave, but I’m sure everyone agrees that the worst people to deal with are delivery drivers using any form of transport.

They park everywhere, block sidewalks and bike paths. and they often drive erratically, if not dangerously. The worst are the food delivery drivers, who mainly use mopeds and bicycles. So many are on the roads right now. Paul, London

■ Sam (MetroTalk, Thu) whines that people without a TV license can watch the coronation of King Charles III. The TV license is outdated and should be abolished. The BBC should have the technology to run its business like Sky TV – people pay per call.

I don’t watch left wing BBC but I need to buy a licence. My money is used to run the BBC you can watch, Sam. What the hell, Birmingham

■ The former home of actor Peter Cushing has been described by real estate agents (Metro Fri) as ‘Whitstable’s most recognizable estate’.

Perhaps the blue board is a little helpful… Terry Gillingham

What did you say…

On Friday we asked you if the police could do more when it comes to catching thieves?

You said…

  • Yes – theft is a crime after all – 95%
  • No – in the absence of officers there are larger fish to fry – 5%

Thanks… and crossed words

■ As I retire, I would like to say that I will miss the subway on my way to work. I enjoyed the MetroTalk news on a variety of topics. Who could forget the root beer mini-saga? Keep it up. P, Tyne and Wear

■ The person on the 13 bus in Leeds on Thursday who did half of the crossword puzzle and put the tube back together. It was so annoying that it was half done. By the way, I finished it for you! Addyb, Leeds

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