Matt Hancock, the U.K’s scandal-prone former well being secretary, is in search of an unlikely type of redemption Sunday: trying to win “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” — a grueling, usually ugly reality show set within the Australian jungle.
Hancock led Britain’s response to COVID-19 within the first yr of the pandemic, telling folks to steer clear of others to guard the well being service — then acquired caught breaking his authorities’s personal guidelines when video emerged of him kissing and groping an aide he was having an affair with.
He was compelled to resign when The Sun newspaper revealed the CCTV photographs. This time, although, he is aware of that digicam is on, and is behaving in methods many will discover much more distasteful: consuming the raw nether elements of camels, cows and sheep, amongst different issues.
Yet the British public apparently doesn’t agree.
The show sends a gaggle of well-known folks, usually C-list celebrities, to the Australian rainforest, topics them to trials involving spiders and snakes, and permits the general public to vote them out one after the other. While many Britons have been disgusted by Hancock’s look, blaming him for obvious failings within the authorities’s early response to the pandemic, viewers have upended expectations by voting Hancock by to Sunday night’s remaining.
The former well being chief has already seen the again of Culture Club singer Boy George and former rugby participant Mike Tindall, whose spouse, Zara, is the niece of King Charles III. Tindall physique tackled Hancock in one other of the show’s duties, and has been poking enjoyable on the former well being secretary’s politicking.
“He clearly needs to win,” mentioned Tindall, including that Hancock was continuously aiming his t-shirt with voting quantity on the digicam. “Once a politician, all the time a politician. Always polling for votes.”
Fellow politicians have been much less enthusiastic than the show-voting public. When it was introduced that Hancock would seem, he was slated by fellow lawmakers, together with many from his personal get together, and he was suspended as a Conservative member of parliament.
His success appears to have achieved nothing to ease their ire. Speaking to Sky News Sunday, Cabinet minister Mark Harper mentioned: “I do not suppose serving members of Parliament must be participating in reality tv packages.
“However effectively they do on them, I nonetheless suppose they need to be doing the job for which they’re paid a very good wage — which is representing their constituents.”
Announcing that he was going to “step up,” Australian comic Adam Hills, host of comedy present affairs show “The Last Leg,” went to Hancock’s constituency in jap England final weekend and met with locals to listen to their issues.
“I reckon I can do a greater job in per week than he has achieved so far,” Hills mentioned on the show.
Still, a political comeback for Hancock will not be out of the query. Conservative lawmaker Nadine Dorries was suspended in 2012 for showing on the identical show. Nine years later, then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed her to his Cabinet.