Self-righteousness and arrogance really brings out the worst in many people. Miriam Margolyes thought it appropriate to say on television that she wanted PM Boris Johnson to die of coronavirus. So far, Channel 4 have failed to implement some discipline, as broadcasters have particular standards to follow. This goes beyond politics.
We are all called to a basic standard of decency in our treatment of others, which includes elected officials. Yes, we can criticise them– vehemently, where necessary. But they are human beings. It’s ironic that an elderly lady claiming to be concerned about the government’s response to coronavirus would wish death upon a father and fiancé of the same illness that concerns her.
What has gone wrong with Margolyes from a mental health perspective that brings her to such a disgusting conclusion? If that is her perspective, then I am very glad she isn’t in power. (And media channels should stop acting as though members of the public are experts on coronavirus policy).