Miriam Margolyes ‘wanting’ PM to die remark sparks 240 complaints

Trevor Barnes discusses the incident with Ian Collins

Monday, May 11, 2020

Actress Miriam Margolyes has sparked more than 240 complaints by admitting that she had wanted Boris Johnson to die when he contracted coronavirus.

The 78-year-old Harry Potter star made the comments last Friday on Channel 4’s The Last Leg.

She told the show the government’s handling of the pandemic has been a “public scandal” and that she “had difficulty not wanting Boris Johnson to die”.

“I wanted him to die and then I thought that reflects badly on me and I don't want to be the sort of person who wants people to die.

“So then I wanted him to get better, which he did do.

“But he didn’t get better as a human being and I really would prefer that.”

Her remarks resulted in 241 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, which said it was assessing the complaints but is yet to decide whether or not to investigate.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “The programme is live and unexpected comments can happen.

“In this instance Miriam went on to say that she wanted him to get better.”

Former senior manager at Ofcom Trevor Barnes told talkRADIO he believed the regulator should investigate the incident.

Speaking to Ian Collins he said “you’ve got to be fair to both sides,” as he compared what might happen if the same comment had been made about Jeremy Corbyn.

“I could predict pretty clearly you’d have a pretty loud, shrill set of calls and complaints from people on the political left saying isn’t that awful, Ofcom should investigate.”

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