Diary: Hancock’s half parkour
Matt Hancock. He’s a daredevil isn’t he? As the former culture secretary – now health secretary – he was not afraid of trying out new activities, mainly to try to get members of the public interested in the different parts of society he represents, but also presumably to show people how down with the kids he is.
Last week, the politician tried his hands at parkour, for example. For anyone who doesn’t know (and Tabard had to make some enquiries) it’s when young, athletic types throw themselves off building ledges, or leap over walls and do fancy acrobatics. Not something you’d associate with an honourable member of parliament.
Anyway, Hancock did give it a go, and a video soon appeared on the recently promoted politician’s Twitter feed of his efforts (but in slow motion, presumably because real-time speed was a tad embarrassing). The video was produced by the DCMS, which made sure its logo was proudly displayed on the content. “I’ve seen it on YouTube but you never think you can get involved because I can’t do those sorts of flips,” Hancock gushed, before adding: “But it’s great fun.”
Certainly looked fun. Though Tabard can’t help thinking Hancock’s colleagues, grappling with Brexit and resignations, may have been a little irked to see him jumping over walls and such. The political hurdles the country’s facing are much more pressing right now, wouldn’t you say?
One fears Hancock may look back fondly to the time his greatest challenges were only of the physical kind.
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