Miriam Margolyes: People who prefer Tories to Labour are nuts

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Actress Miriam Margolyes has criticised Boris Johnson, saying that people who prefer the Conservatives over Labour are “nuts”.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, she said: “I don’t understand why the majority of Britons think that [the Prime Minister] is okay because he’s not.”

Earlier this year, the 78-year-old faced a backlash for comments she made in an interview on Channel 4's The Last Leg where she said she “had difficulty not wanting Boris Johnson to die” when he contracted coronavirus.

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom received more than 240 complaints over the remarks but today Ms Margolyes denied that she had ever wished Mr Johnson ill.

“But I wished he would become a different sort of person, that’s what I actually said and all that nonsense about wanting him to die is something that the newspapers made up because it sells papers apparently.”  

Asked what her ideal British Prime Minister would look like, think like and act like, Ms Margolyes responded: “Keir Starmer”.

She added: “If [people] do prefer the Tories then they’re nuts because then it means that most people are not aware of the real situation.”

The Labour supporter also voiced her opposition to Brexit, describing the UK’s departure from the EU as “a con that was pushed on to the nation.”

“It’s being fixed up behind our backs, we don’t know what’s going on because the government is hiding under Covid and I think it’s a disgrace and I’m terribly worried and upset for our nation – it’s a disaster.”

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