The Guardian view on political trust: voters put store by it, the PM does not | Editorial

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The prime minister needs nobody in his cupboard to pay for his or her errors, a technique that has failed

The departure of Matt Hancock from the cupboard just isn't the top of the matter. It might solely be the beginning. Boris Johnson swiftly appointed former chancellor Sajid Javid to exchange Mr Hancock, who resigned a day after footage displaying him kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo at work in breach of the federal government’s social distancing laws. But the entire enterprise raises questions on how authorities works, who it's in workplace to serve and dangers eroding confidence in public well being measures.

In breaking his personal pandemic guidelines Mr Hancock diminished the general public’s willingness to stick to lockdown tips. He thought he might apologise and transfer on. However clearly nothing lower than his resignation would restore belief within the authorities’s potential to handle the pandemic, which is significant because it underpins public attitudes and behaviours. There's such a factor as belief and respect in politics. They make a distinction, regardless of Mr Johnson setting no retailer by them.

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