Matt Hancock boasted that Emmanuel Macron complimented the UK’s Test and Trace – 8 sick burns
The UK Test and Trace system, so frequently described as “world-beating” by Boris Johnson, has come under fire for several reasons:
People have struggled to access tests
They have been sent to test centres miles away from where they live
Results have been slow to come through and sent to the wrong people
Users struggled to sign in using the QR scanner in the app
They were unable to add results taken in NHS establishments
The app sends alerts that vanish when users try to access them
Thousands of potentially infected people weren’t contacted because the data was processed in Excel
Yet, on Wednesday, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, tweeted this.
Tonight Parliament endorsed & President Macron complimented our Test & Trace
Massive thanks to my team & all those working so hard to deliver huge growth in capacity – helping keep people safe
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) October 14, 2020
Not everybody was convinced that a compliment from the French President outweighed the problems.
These were the best takedowns we saw.
You ballsed it up.
You’ve ballsed everything up since you first bumbled into the health dept like a sea lion walking into a hatstand.
You ballsed it up yesterday, you ballsed it up today, you’ll balls it up tomorrow.
Good news about the compliment though. https://t.co/OtO2yJJQXG
— Michael Spicer (@MrMichaelSpicer) October 14, 2020
Compliments from the French: 1
Dead: 43,155 https://t.co/oIGAU4ELP6
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) October 14, 2020
That's amazing, a compliment, it's going to be ok!
— Danny Wallace (@dannywallace) October 14, 2020
Strong 'Person cornering you at a party & asking what you reckon to a poem they've written' vibes here. https://t.co/U35hNMWmDJ
— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) October 14, 2020
Matt, sorry to say that 'merde' isn't French for good. https://t.co/gHfOCqYkFF
— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb) October 14, 2020
“I know lots of you can’t get tested, we’ve only traced the contacts of a tiny percentage of positive cases and we just gave out a bunch of used tests to students, but guess what Emmanuel’s been saying about us!” https://t.co/IvlRFQFesS
— ️ Max ️ (@SpillerOfTea) October 14, 2020
— •• (@agirlcalledlina) October 14, 2020
One word……. Bollocks https://t.co/Nvv44ISrz5
— Jon Jones (@JonJonesSnr) October 14, 2020
Parliamentary sketch writer, John Crace, wondered at M. Macron’s motives.
This is like stepping into a parallel universe. Though it does show that Macron has a sense of humour https://t.co/H9UeMaDakL
— John Crace (@JohnJCrace) October 14, 2020
— Simon Bruni (@SimonBruni) October 14, 2020
Plot twist …this is the “compliment”.
This is the "compliment" Hancock was tweeting about. The context of the question is "Stop COVID", their failed contact tracing app
Macron blames its failure on "not enough downloads", says "the UK and Germany had more [downloads]" before saying nobody's app has been successful pic.twitter.com/zQpY9svKMo
— Psyber Attack (@PsyberAttack) October 14, 2020
“(I)n Germany and the UK there were a lot more downloads…The cases they identified using these apps, even in Germany and the UK – very few.”
If that’s a compliment, we’d hate for him to insult it.