I know it's a crazy idea but what if Ministers and their families were not allowed to invest or be part of companies that come under their remit? Surely that would be sensible and stop these kind of incidents?
Well in a sort of way that is what happens now.
If anyone, never mind a Minister, is involved with anything in which they or their family have any 'interests' in (such as shares) they have to declare an interest and take no part in the decission making process, unless the interest is negligable.
That's what Hancock did.
The award of the contract to his sisters owned company was made by NHS Wales...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHS_Wales
...which means it falls under the control of the Welsh Asembly - or in otherwords the Welsh government and NOT Parliament.
The award of the contract would have been done by welsh civil servants.
So Hancock is totally not involved at all - even though the papers, social media and Wanderlust obviously believe he was!
Dare I say it but it is once again people not understanding what actually happens in government (or business for that matter) and simply believe (want to believe even) anything that makes them look bad!
Even the originator of the story 'Guido Fawlks' basically states that there's nothing actually in the story itself "they were awarded by NHS Wales, not NHS England for which he is responsible. Still, it seems a little reckless in the circumstances…
" yet the BMJ and BBC have picked up on the story and reported it as there WAS something dodgy because Hancock's name was mentioned.
Even the journalists (or at least some of them) don't understand what they are reporting - similarly (dare I say it again) as to how Iles stirred the pot over Anderson without any knowledge of the legalitities in keeping an insolvent company trading legally.
Some journalists (and others) however know exactly what the facts are yet still report them in such a way to discredit the government and/or its Ministers because it suits their political agendas to do so.
It's all a big game really and the general public are played because they don't know/understand what the facts are and simply happy (like Wanderlust clearly is) to believe anything bad about the Tory government (Ken Anderson previously) because that is what they want to believe anyway!
I'm not saying everything is done honestly but neither everything that has been reported on the Tory party and its Ministers that has now turned into a 'sleaze' campaign against the government has been corrupt/illegal,cronyism, or whatever else you want to class it as.
In fact I suggest the majority of it hasn't been sleaze, cronyism, nose in the trough at all!!!
That's why I stay out of politics - both sides are no different than each other.
There are only the two rules in politics - first gain power, second keep power - all this is about really is to sowing the seeds of distrust of the government in peoples minds so that they will vote Labour rather than Tory in the next General Election.
(It will be interesting how people will vote in next months local elections to see what if any effect so far all this has had on how people will be voting?)