Former Conservative Minister Edwina Currie said “personal life is private” after photos surfaced this week of UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock kissing an assistant in his department.
Ms. Currie, who had an affair with former Prime Minister John Major when they were both married in the 1980s, told Times Radio, “My own feeling is that personal life is private – you obviously have some explaining to do to their families, but other than that, you can it is none of our business.
“I also think we should be very careful about being terribly censored and pious if we want perfect behavior from ministers.
“I think things have moved on quite a bit, especially in ways that I applaud – and not just because of my own background – I think if we look for saints we will end up with reruns of Theresa May
“And I think what makes the public much more refined and skillful now is that they judge ministers by the results.
“And just as that photo came out we had the most vaccinated nation in the world, which I think is actually what the government should have done, what the public was hoping for, it makes a world of difference – that’s the way. “I think most of the people outside of the Westminster Bubble will give judgment.”
Ms. Currie added: “It’s a very thin catalog of mistakes – I can’t imagine Boris, with his slightly more colorful story, giving someone the boot because of such things.
“Of course he shouldn’t have done it, but as long as Matt Hancock is doing his job properly, I think that’s fine.”
“I don’t care, and I don’t think voters could either,” she added.
When asked what her advice would be for Gina Coladangelo, she said, “Keep your head down. It is not the target here, the target here is the Minister of Health, who is an important member of the government, especially in a pandemic.
“This is politics, and politics and piety do not go well together, and I would be – I am sure Boris sees exactly the same – very reluctant to react to headlines that say this minister should resign.”