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The salons reopen at midnight when the locks go down


Shaggy-haired British rushed into the salons the second they opened at midnight to get a much-needed makeover.

After three months in the lockdown, they jumped at the first opportunity to trim and knew that barbers and hairdressers would be crowded for weeks after reopening.

With the largest lockdown version to date, many salons worked all night to meet demand.

They were allowed to open when new rules were introduced today for a loose lock, which, referring to the date July 4th, was called Super Saturday and Trimdependence Day.

The pubs were allowed to open from 6 a.m. so that the hotel industry could make the most of the first day of business, but this led to warnings that thirsty Britons should not overdo it.

Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty both warned of the need for people to behave and be sensible, or risk a sudden increase in coronavirus infections.

And Matt Hancock warned that drunken thugs would be jailed if they got upset – a clear option if people stay in pubs all day. NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens also called for caution and not "pub-aged" when bars and restaurants reopen.

At midnight, the salons were confronted with a busy schedule for the next five weeks to welcome customers as soon as possible.

Police, fire and rescue services are preparing for New Year's Eve, while accident and emergency units in Manchester are preparing field hospitals in their parking lots to provide additional capacity.

Daren Terry from Lotus Styling in Bognor told MailOnline: “I opened at midnight because the demand was there. In truth, I could stay open for the next 24 hours and I would be totally done because we were closed for so long.

“I'll cut off a few heads tonight and then be back at 7:00 am with my whole team for my 10-hour shift.

"It will be the first time that we work with the PSA, so I want to be here with them, otherwise I could have worked through the night."

Charlotte's academy in Cowes, Isle of Wight, had bookings for 20 clients from one minute past midnight to 8:30 a.m., where they were looked after by a team of three hairdressers.

But on what is touted as the new "Independence Day", Boris Johnson, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and the Secretary of Health asked people to "behave".

This happened when Matt Hancock warned that drunken thugs would be jailed if they caused a riot on "Super Saturday".

The health minister told the mail that the British could "definitely go to the bar" today, but they had to be sensible. He added, "You could end up behind bars if you break the law."

Stylist Hayley Hehir (right), pictured with Francesca Shashkova (right), started working at midnight when the first people had their hair cut

Daren Terry from Lotus Styling in Bognor told MailOnline: "I opened at midnight because the demand was there." In truth, I could stay open for the next 24 hours and I would be totally done because we were closed for so long. & # 39;

Daren Terry from Lotus Styling in Bognor told MailOnline: “I opened at midnight because the demand was there. In truth, I could stay open for the next 24 hours and I would be totally done because we were closed for so long. & # 39;

Dave's Gentlemen Barbers in Morpeth, Northumberland, opened his doors at midnight

Dave's Gentlemen Barbers in Morpeth, Northumberland, opened his doors at midnight

The Anthony Laban barbershop in Battersea reopened shortly after midnight

The Anthony Laban barbershop in Battersea reopened shortly after midnight

Dave's gentlemen's Barbers in Morpeth Northumberland was ready for customers at midnight

Dave's gentlemen's Barbers in Morpeth Northumberland was ready for customers at midnight

51-year-old taxi driver Kai Ward was one of the first in England to get legal approval after booking an appointment with Lotus Styling in Bognor

51-year-old taxi driver Kai Ward was one of the first in England to get legal approval after booking an appointment with Lotus Styling in Bognor

51-year-old taxi driver Kai Ward was one of the first in England to get legal approval after booking an appointment with Lotus Styling in Bognor

A large crowd gathered at Borough Market in London last night before the bars reopened at 6 a.m.

A large crowd gathered at Borough Market in London last night before the bars reopened at 6 a.m.

Drunken thugs are locked up if they get into turmoil on "Super Saturday", Health Minister Matt Hancock warned last night

NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens also called for restraint and not "pub-aged" when bars and restaurants have opened for the first time in more than three months

Drunken thugs are locked up if they get into turmoil on "Super Saturday", Health Minister Matt Hancock (left) warned last night. NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens (right) also called for restraint and not "pub-aged" when bars and restaurants have opened for the first time in more than three months

The (bizarre) Super Saturday rule book: what is still reopening today?

RESTAURANTS

As of today, restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars can be reopened. Indoor and outdoor seating is permitted, subject to removal guidelines.

Reservations at popular locations are progressing quickly. Some offer deals, discounts, and free drinks to lure guests back.

HOTELS

As of today, discretionary opening for all hotels, B & Bs, holiday apartments, caravan parks and campsites. The only exception are dormitories for youth hostels.

BEAUTY SERVICES

Hairdressers and hairdressers can also reopen today, including freelance stylists who come to your home.

However, other beauty services – nail sticks, spas, wax studios, massage parlors and tanning salons, whether mobile or in a fixed location – are still prohibited. Tattoo and piercing studios are also closed until further notice.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Play parks, skate parks and outdoor gyms will reopen today, as will outdoor arcades and ice rinks. Indoor halls, soft play areas, bowling alleys, dance / fitness studios as well as indoor and outdoor pools will remain closed until further notice.

All major theme parks, adventure parks, fairs and model villages are reopening today, as are indoor attractions in zoos and safari parks, aquariums and closed areas of gardens, cultural heritage sites and sights. Water parks and water rides remain closed.

WEDDINGS

Weddings and civil partnerships can take place starting today, but the number is limited to 30, including the couple, witnesses, staff, and officers.

Churches, mosques and other places of worship are now open to the public, although private services such as funerals and baptisms are limited to 30 people.

MOVIE THEATER

Showcase is the only chain that reopens all of its cinemas today.

Odeon will open ten venues across the country, followed by the rest on July 16. Everyone will follow the same pattern.

Community centers, clubs and youth clubs can be reopened this weekend, as can libraries – both local and national – and bingo halls.

In other developments last night:

  • Greece, Spain, France and Belgium were placed on a list of 59 countries that the British can visit without having to quarantine for 14 days. The USA, Portugal and China were excluded;
  • Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed that the government's policy regarding airlifts and quarantines was "shambolic".
  • Scientists warned that the & # 39; R & # 39; rate in London could have sneaked over 1;
  • Mr. Hancock promised "the largest flu protection program in history" to prepare for the risk of a second wave of coronavirus;
  • It is believed that only half of the nation's 28,000 pubs are reopening today.
  • Official figures showed that almost 30,000 more deaths occurred in nursing homes during the pandemic than in 2019;
  • The total death toll rose to 44,131, with a further 137 confirmed yesterday.
  • The UK has been claimed to be in talks to join an EU plan to ensure the supply of potential coronavirus vaccines.
  • The Prime Minister said cricket could resume next weekend and suggested using face masks in queues and in a confined space.
  • Mr. Hancock promised 100 percent support for chiefs of police who have the task of stopping the "Super Saturday" incident.

51-year-old taxi driver Kai Ward was one of the first in England to get legal approval after booking an appointment with Lotus Styling in Bognor.

He said: “I always have Daren's hair cut. When I knew he would start at midnight, I had to be the first.

“I didn't touch my barnet, as you can see.

"Daren cut my hair and I wouldn't go anywhere else for about 20 years!"

And Sunderland's salon owner, Debra Adamson, has agreed to open every hour on the hour for a loyal customer who hasn't found an appointment after being quickly picked up after Boris Johnson's announcement last month.

Charlotte Stephan, the owner of Charlotte's academy, said she was thrilled to be reopening tonight and longed to return to the salon.

However, she stressed that employee and customer safety was paramount and presented her redesigned salon to make it Covid-safe.

Plexiglass umbrellas were installed around the salon, which were also rearranged so that customers can maintain social distance.

A one-way system has been set up and employees wear PPE, while customers have to wear face masks and everyone has their temperature checked before entering.

The measures to prevent contamination are typical of measures that are carried out in salons across the country.

According to government guidelines, customers must keep a distance of more than one meter and insist on regular hand washing.

Magazines that have long been a staple in waiting areas in the salon are also banned to prevent people from spreading germs when handling them.

Although her work will look radically different from that before the ban, Ms. Stephan, 40, told MailOnline: & # 39; I'm so excited. I am very close to many of my customers and it feels like I am reunited with family members.

"I have to be there to see her again, but it will be really hard not to hug her. I don't like coffee, so the adrenaline will keep me awake. & # 39;

She added: "I am also very nervous because I have been waiting for this day for a long time."

But after a difficult situation, Ms. Stephan is thrilled that her customers will flock to her doors as soon as possible.

She said: “The suspension was a very difficult time for me personally and for the business.

"This salon is my baby and it's wonderful to be able to open our doors again."

NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens also called for restraint and not "pub-aged" when bars and restaurants have opened for the first time in more than three months.

In the mail he wrote that doctors and nurses did not want "drunk and disorderly" to flood hospitals.

The double intervention preceded the greatest easing of restrictions since a comprehensive national ban was imposed in late March.

Boris Johnson issued his own warning last night, asking the public not to "blow" it by throwing caution in the wind.

He said that today was "our biggest step on the road to recovery," but insisted that if ruthless behavior led to a resurgence of the coronavirus, he would reintroduce localized locks.

"In Leicester, we have resolutely taken steps to prevent infections from occurring," said the Prime Minister.

Francesca Shashkova pictured uses a plastic shield while her hair is washed at Tusk Hair in Camden

Francesca Shashkova pictured uses a plastic shield while her hair is washed at Tusk Hair in Camden

Stylist Tommy D & # 39; Amour cuts the hair of customer Lea Jantz at Tusk Hair in Camden, North London

Stylist Tommy D & # 39; Amour cuts the hair of customer Lea Jantz at Tusk Hair in Camden, North London

Carole Rickiby cuts Sandra Jacobs' hair shortly after midnight, shortly after the rules for blocking Covid-19 have been relaxed

Carole Rickiby cuts Sandra Jacobs' hair shortly after midnight, shortly after the rules for blocking Covid-19 have been relaxed

People who have their hair done have to get used to the fact that their stylist wears PPE like masks and face protection

People who have their hair done have to get used to the fact that their stylist wears PPE like masks and face protection

The health minister added: “When it comes to local measures, I will not avoid a shutdown if it is necessary for the safety of people – and this may include closing bars and pubs.

"I'm not a killjoy, but the virus can still kill. I don't want bars and pubs to close again. I like to go to the pub and enjoy a pints or two. & # 39;

The police and emergency services are preparing for chaos today. The pubs are allowed to open from 6 a.m. More officers were deployed in some parts of the country than on New Year's Eve.

Mr. Hancock promised 100 percent support for chiefs of police who have the task of stopping the "Super Saturday" incident.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak also urged people to make the most of the easing to stimulate the economy and claimed that the public had to "eat out to help".

He told The Times: & # 39; This is a consumer-driven economy; Three months ago, people went out to eat with their friends or family.

“Or buy a car, upgrade your house, or move. Go camping, come to the Yorkshire Dales and go from coast to coast. & # 39;

The health minister told the mail that the British could "definitely go to the bar" today, but they had to be sensible. Pictured: BrewDog Tower Hill staff finish preparations for tomorrow's opening with plastic grids on tables

The health minister told the mail that the British could "definitely go to the bar" today, but they had to be sensible. Pictured: BrewDog Tower Hill staff finish preparations for tomorrow's opening with plastic grids on tables

Drinkers share their excitement about returning to their favorite places, but pubs are forced to cancel the reopening parties at midnight

Since some pubs are supposed to reopen on Saturday from 6 a.m., depending on their license, some people have signed up on Twitter to express their enthusiasm for the reopening of the pubs

Since some pubs are supposed to reopen on Saturday from 6 a.m., depending on their license, some people have signed up on Twitter to express their enthusiasm for the reopening of the pubs

People reported on Twitter to say how excited they are that the pubs will reopen on “Super Saturday”. Some predict that after more than three months of curfew, their favorite locals will be full of drinkers who like to be back in a bar.

Some have even compared their excitement to the pubs that reopened on Christmas Eve, which was seen on Twitter on Friday night.

Some landlords – including the BrewDog pub chain – had planned to reopen their venues in England when the clock ticked past midnight.

But a few hours before they were supposed to greet customers, No. 10 said on Friday afternoon that the ban would now continue until later on Saturday morning.

Pub owners and the Police Federation of England and Wales have since criticized the timing of the announcement.

After announcing that pubs would not be able to host midnight opening parties, Adam Snowball, managing director of Showtime sports bar in Huddersfield, said it was "massively disappointing" to have to cancel his reopening event.

The 35-year-old said about 50 people had booked a table at his Zetland Street venue that would have remained open until 3:30 p.m.

John Apter, National Leader of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said while welcoming the decision to keep the pubs closed until 6am, the timing of the announcement was "very unhelpful."

Mr. Apter said the association, which represents thousands of ordinary officers, has expressed "concerns" about some pubs that want to open after midnight.

The British Beer and Pubs Association has urged people to follow hygiene practices in pubs and to respect and support landlords and employees who work in pubs and bars.

While the regulations for reopening pubs and bars come into effect from 6 a.m., the license terms continue to apply, so pubs can only be opened if their license allows.

Bartender Michael Fitzsimons wears PSA as he pours a beer behind a bar shield during his final preparations at The Faltering Fullback Pub in North London before it reopens

Bartender Michael Fitzsimons wears PSA as he pours a beer behind a bar shield during his final preparations at The Faltering Fullback Pub in North London before it reopens

The George at Eton, Windsor, Berkshire had a staff training evening tonight as they prepared to reopen their bar tomorrow

The George at Eton, Windsor, Berkshire had a staff training evening tonight as they prepared to reopen their bar tomorrow

The Corner Ale & Cider House in Windsor, Berkshire, is preparing to reopen its pub tomorrow, which was billed as "Super Saturday".

The Corner Ale & Cider House in Windsor, Berkshire, is preparing to reopen its pub tomorrow, which was billed as "Super Saturday".

BrewDog Tower Hill employees are preparing tonight to reopen tomorrow with social distancing measures

BrewDog Tower Hill employees are preparing tonight to reopen tomorrow with social distancing measures

BrewDog Tower Hill staff in London are preparing the pub's menu to reopen tomorrow

BrewDog Tower Hill staff in London are preparing the pub's menu to reopen tomorrow

Pubs and restaurants, many of which have already been taken away, can be fully reopened on July 4 after months of closure due to the Covid 19 pandemic

Pubs and restaurants, many of which have already been taken away, can be fully reopened on July 4 after months of closure due to the Covid 19 pandemic

When asked whether the courts should take a hard line with idiots who drink alcohol, he said, “Of course there is a law for a reason. The government would not shy away from closing pubs if there was irresponsible behavior. & # 39;

The British Medical Association has urged revelers to act responsibly as it is feared that the number of alcohol-related casualties in the emergency room could increase significantly.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific advisor, also warned at a press conference of the danger of the "spread" of the corona virus in pubs.

And Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, said, “This virus is far from being gone, it is far from being gone. Nobody who observes this believes that this is a risk-free next step. & # 39;

In his article for the mail, Sir Simon urged the public to "exercise restraint" today.

He said: "Our A&E doctors, nurses and paramedics absolutely don't want to see a so-called" pubageddon "- with hospitals flooded with drunks and untidy people."

Boris & # 39; local blocking danger: When pubs open doors for the first time in 14 weeks, PM warns the public: Don't blow

BY JOHN STEVENS, GEORGE ODLING AND SEAN POULTER FOR THE DAILY MAIL

Boris Johnson told the nation not to screw it up when the pubs reopened for the first time in three months today – and threatened with further local closures if the virus increased.

The police are preparing for chaos known as "Super Saturday". In some parts of the country more civil servants are deployed than on New Year's Eve.

Pubs and restaurants in England can start trading again from 6 a.m. The Prime Minister calls this the "biggest step so far" back to normal.

A schedule for the reopening of other closed venues, including gyms and swimming pools, will be released next week, along with instructions for mass gatherings such as concerts.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the nation "don't blow up" when pubs reopened today for the first time in three months - and threatened to continue with local closures if the virus increased

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the nation not to screw it up when pubs reopened for the first time in three months today – and threatened with further local closures if the virus increased

Starting next weekend, people will be allowed to play cricket again. However, Mr. Johnson warned yesterday and urged the public to "enjoy the summer sensibly."

He warned that local hotspots could be blocked again if the coronavirus infections suddenly increased. Mr. Johnson said: "We are making progress, we think we are in good shape, but my message is that we do not screw it up."

At a press conference on Downing Street, he added: "As we take this next step – our biggest step on the road to recovery so far – I urge the British people to do it safely."

He warned that the country was "not yet out of the forest".

And he insisted that he would "not hesitate" to reintroduce restrictions if infection rates increased again, with local locks like the one in Leicester, "a feature of our lives for some time."

"The success of these companies, the livelihood of those who depend on them, and ultimately the economic health of the whole country depend on each of us acting responsibly," he said. "We can't let them down."

Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, was also very cautious.

He said the likelihood of a second wave of infection would increase "very, very strongly" if people didn't follow the rules.

He added: “This virus is far from being gone, it is far from being gone. Nobody who observes this believes that this is a risk-free next step. We have to be absolutely serious. & # 39;

Cornwall is preparing for the mass influx of 80,000 tourists this weekend, while the hotel industry opens its doors on “Super Saturday”.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said that between 75,000 and 80,000 visitors could flock to the county this weekend. The housekeeper Carolanne Rowe wears PSA above while cleaning a balcony in St. Moritz in Cornwall

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said that between 75,000 and 80,000 visitors could flock to the county this weekend. The housekeeper Carolanne Rowe wears PSA above while cleaning a balcony in St. Moritz in Cornwall

In Cornwall, a staggering 80,000 tourists were able to enter the county this weekend when companies opened their doors on “Super Saturday”.

An influx of visitors is expected as hotels, campsites, pubs and restaurants may open for the first time since the closure on July 4th.

Hotels, AirBnBs, campgrounds, and caravan parks are preparing to welcome tourists who choose to stay rather than travel abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, said that between 75,000 and 80,000 visitors could flock to the county this weekend, Cornwall Live reported.

He said this number is 30% lower than the usual tourist numbers this season, but is expected to increase to 100,000 in the coming weeks.

Mr. Bell said that not all accommodation providers are planning to open this weekend. Some holiday parks and hotels will open on Monday or later in the next week.

He added that some hotels would be 50% busy during the first few days to ensure they were ready for guests after they brought staff back from vacation.

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According to the new laws published yesterday, pubs can reopen at 6 a.m. today. However, you can only serve alcohol during normal licensing hours, and the reopening time has been set to avoid people drinking shortly after midnight.

New laws also empower the police to break up gatherings of more than 30 people.

Police chiefs yesterday warned that anyone who violated the rules this weekend could be prosecuted and pubs closed.

Ambulance services are expected to be so overwhelmed that the ambulance chiefs asked people to call 999 only when it is life-threatening.

West Midlands Labor Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said he was hoping for bad weather when he warned that the decision to reopen pubs on Saturday was a recipe for a "serious disruption."

He added: “In bad weather, the problems we have are a little less. So we pray for rain. & # 39;

Scotland Yard commander Bas Javid urged drinkers in the capital to be responsible and said it was important "we don't lose track of how far we've all got".

Police in Leicester, the first city to be closed on-site, fear that people might go to nearby Nottingham for a drink and patrol train stations in both cities to interview passengers.

Rachel Kearton, head of the National Police Chief for Alcohol Damage, said she expected New Year's Eve celebrations, but people should be ready to change plans or go home when the venues are too crowded.

Yesterday the Prime Minister vowed to move away from "blanket measures" and instead use local barriers to fight Covid.

He outlined a five-step plan for dealing with regional outbreaks.

First, government scientists will be hunted for local hotspots, second, NHS Test and Trace will try to develop a deeper understanding of them, and thirdly, additional tests will be used to deal with the problem.

The fourth step would use restrictions, e.g. B. closing individual premises, and in the fifth step local locks are introduced if the problem persists.

Mr. Johnson also suggested that people should consider using facewear when queuing.

& # 39; This is not just another illness for me. Friends have died. I got out lightly. "Matt Hancock reveals his own struggles with the corona virus when critics beat the Minister of Health over" more promising and too little success ".

BY SIMON WALTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL

41-year-old Minister of Health Matt Hancock was very relieved to achieve his much-touted goal of 100,000 Covid tests a day with hours in the last week of May

41-year-old Minister of Health Matt Hancock was very relieved to achieve his much-touted goal of 100,000 Covid tests a day with hours in the last week of May

The first sign that Matt Hancock felt he was struggling with the government's attempt to fight the coronavirus was when he noticed that Ms. Martha was examining his thinning hair.

She selected a single gray strand and immediately pulled it out.

It was the last week of May, a great political and personal moment for the 41-year-old Minister of Health.

He was very relieved to achieve his much-touted goal of 100,000 Covid tests a day in hours. But it cost something: "We reached the goal, but it got my first gray hair!" he laughs.

Tiggerish Hancock loves to set political goals. But when the results of the inevitable investigation into the government's handling of the pandemic are released, many expect it to be in the crosshairs.

He was the subject of malicious sniffing from unknown sources in Downing St because he was said to be "promising and underserved" in the fight against the virus, the anti-Covid app fiasco, and clashes with the Prime Minister.

But Hancock was sitting in his office in the Westminster Health Department and didn't look like a man expecting the coronavirus cutlet.

In his first major interview since the crisis began in March, he warned drunken thugs who were in prison for abusing today's pub reopening and announced the biggest flu program ever to help the NHS prepare to take the risk of a to support new Covid wave in winter.

In a rare public show of emotions, he spoke openly about how the crisis made him rethink his approach to politics and life.

Hancock, a father of three, was knocked down by Covid at the same time as Boris Johnson, saying that it was a "terrible" experience even though he was back at his desk in a week.

“I couldn't swallow, eat, or drink for two days. It was like having broken glass in your throat. «

Hancock believes it helped him get over it quickly when he was slim – he's six feet tall and twelve pounds seven pounds. "Thin people get through better than fat people," he said.

Could he keep up with Boris Johnson's theatrical performance of one or two pushups in front of the cameras in his Downing Street study?

Hancock believes it helped him get over it quickly when he was slim - he's six feet tall and twelve pounds seven pounds

Hancock believes it helped him get over it quickly when he was slim – he's six feet tall and twelve pounds seven pounds

"I'm not competing with the Prime Minister," Hancock replied shyly before adding, "I can maybe do 25."

Three of Hancock's friends have been lost to Covid: economics professor Deepak Lal; Sir Peter Sinclair, who taught him when he came to the Bank of England after graduation; and British envoy Steven Dick, who worked as secretary for culture, media and sports for Hancock.

"This is really important to me," he said. “This is not just another disease and it is not just a political problem. I really feel the effects personally. People whom I admire and respect have died. Friends. I got out lightly. & # 39;

Hancock is planning a quiet super Saturday: a pint of beer with his brother Chris – and a haircut. And in a reasonably responsible style (unlike Boris Johnson's reckless father Stanley), he booked a family stay in Cornwall in August.

He has often been accused of paying more attention to political games than principles. No more, he said: "I have learned how important it is to rise above a part of politics … to come and go."

He defended his record in curbing the virus, but it's clear that Britain has one of the most casualties in the world.

And most experts admit that there were mistakes in delaying the initial lockout and not protecting the elderly in nursing homes, and that tests and apps were botched. Hancock will be the case type, not Johnson or the scientists; it's on his watch, I suggested.

“Everyone did the best possible job. We made the decisions we made together. We have tried to use all the information that is available to you and to make the best decisions that you can make together. & # 39;

Minister of Health Matt Hancock with horse Star of Bengal after riding with the Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket

Minister of Health Matt Hancock with horse Star of Bengal after riding with the Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket

Notice its use of the words "together", "together", "all information available to you".

A cynic's translation could read: "I could be the Minister of Health, but everything I did was signed by the Prime Minister, so don't blame me. And if I made mistakes, it's because the scientists gave me the wrong information. & # 39;

Was he tall enough to admit that he had personally done some things wrong? He replied cautiously: "We are constantly learning …" I interjected: "You threw older people into nursing homes, thousands died." He replied: "That was not the case."

Finally, he admitted that there were things he wished he had done differently. He regrets that, for example, he has prohibited relatives from attending relatives' funerals.

But he insisted that he had done many things right. "I was told there is nothing we can do about it … the NHS will be overwhelmed. But we protected the NHS. & # 39;

Refusing to apologize for losing his coolness when interrupted by BBC Radio's Nick Robinson, he insists, "Let me speak!"

"What concerns me is injustice," he said of Robinson's constant interruptions. "When people are unfair, I find it frustrating."

He conspicuously failed to refuse reports he had protested against Johnson and said in a series about the government's treatment of viruses: "Give me a break!"

Some of Johnson's allies have always been suspicious of Hancock, a retainer and a member of Johnson Cameron's / George Osborne's inner circle, despised by Johnson.

At last year's leadership contest, Hancock attacked Johnson's call to pro-parliament to push Brexit and sided with journalist Charlotte Edwardes, who said Johnson fondled her at a dinner party.

When Hancock's own leadership challenge failed, he shamelessly supported hot favorite Johnson.

Spectator editor Fraser Nelson said Tory critics consider him a "sycophant who crawls up to anyone in power".

Hancock answered without blushing: “Guilty as accused. I am a team player. & # 39; Piers Morgan called him a "pathetic, pious, unfortunate, hypocritical, imperious school prefect". "I can't deny the last one," roared Hancock.

Not everyone wants to get it.

He proudly pointed out that the chic blue tie from John Lewis he was wearing for the interview was sent to him by a voter who, in his pink appearances from his regular appearances at press conferences in Downing Street, assumed that he was none other would have.

Hancock said his first political and business lesson came when his mother Shirley and stepfather Bob's high-tech family business faced bankruptcy in his hometown of Cheshire after a customer failed to pay an invoice on time.

As an avowed geek, he wrote computer codes for the company from the age of 15.

"We hoped the check would come every day, and when the postman came I ran away from the breakfast table. I can still hear the sound of this mailbox.

When the check came, mom took it straight to the bank and the business survived. I was wondering how a perfectly successful company can go under because something is completely out of their control.

Spectator editor Fraser Nelson said Tory critics see Matt Hancock as a "sycophant who crawls on everyone in power."

Piers Morgan called him a "pathetic, pious, unfortunate, hypocritical, imperious school prefect".

Spectator editor Fraser Nelson (left) said Tory critics see Matt Hancock as "sycophants who crawl up to everyone in power". Piers Morgan called him a "pathetic, pious, unfortunate, hypocritical, imperious school prefect".

"That's why my heart goes out to companies that have been hit so hard by this crisis."

After barely a day off for five months, he is keen to have time with his own children.

He was amused when his daughter asked for help studying at home, only to find out that it was an essay on politics.

It was less likely that he also worked as a school horse catcher in the Grand National in nearby Liverpool.

“My job was to stand next to a big jump and catch the horse when a jockey fell off. I gave a jockey a leg up a year and he finished the race. After that they changed the rules! & # 39;

The naughtiest thing he'll admit is fibbing as a student sports radio reporter in his days in Oxford.

Due to a report on a rugby game in England in Twickenham, he slept through and submitted his reports to watch on television in a pub in Reading while pretending to be a part of the game.

"I went into a phone booth opposite the pub and said," Here I am, living in Twickenham when the teams enter the field and the crowd is on their feet in applause! "he laughs and mimics the chatter of a commentator.

However, it is not the last "naughty" thing he did. When we discussed his attempts to contain drunken scenes in pubs today, he admitted that he had been drunk himself for Christmas only six months ago, and declined to provide further details.

But Hancock promised 100 percent support for chiefs of police who have the task of stopping "Super Saturday", leading to inflammatory behavior.

When asked whether judges and judges should take a hard line with alcohol-filled idiots who start bar fights, he said, "Of course there is a law for a reason."

When Hancock participated in a charity horse race in Newmarket in 2012, home to the British flat race in his West Suffolk constituency, top jockey Frankie Dettori gave him tactical tips. "I was told to sit behind what I thought would win, pull me back after two furlongs, and get started."

It sounds like a metaphor for his political rise, I suggested.

"I won the race," he grinned.

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