Michael Gove’s wife accused of ‘ignorant’ and ‘callous’ comments on coronavirus
- Credit: Getty Images
Michael Gove's wife has been accused of making 'ignorant' and 'callous' comments over the recent outbreak of the coronavirus.
Sarah Vine, a UK columnist and former tabloid writer, has been slammed on Twitter for suggesting the government should dump its lockdown strategy.
The cabinet minister's wife tweeted on Sunday: 'We all have to die sooner or later. If I get Covid and cop it, so be it. My time has come. I'll have had a good life, better than most in this world at any rate. I certainly don't expect the entire nation to bankrupt itself to save my sorry ass.'
You may also want to watch:
The comment came only days after the UK's Covid-19 death toll surpassed 46,000 and regional outbreaks of the virus across the North West saw a string of new lockdowns imposed.
- 1 Brexiteer Prue Leith quits Tory Party after government votes down motion to protect UK food standards
- 2 Public slams Brexit Party tweet which shames Tory MPs who voted against free school meals
- 3 Piers Morgan must expose the government's Brexit betrayal
- 4 Peers set to remove law-breaking sections of Boris Johnson's Brexit bill
- 5 Group in protest against Tory MPs who voted down free school meals targets offices with empty plates
- 6 Tory minister blames journalists for NHS Test and Trace failure as he defends Dido Harding
- 7 Michel Barnier postpones Brussels return as Brexit trade talks in London continue
- 8 James Cleverly mocked after telling people to 'look at how they're doing in Wales'
- 9 Dido Harding is struggling to defend the indefensible
- 10 Boris Johnson and Priti Patel urged to end 'attacks' on lawyers in letter by 800 legal professionals
Vine was blasted on Twitter for her remarks.
'I've had some pretty bad experiences in my life,' Ellen Rose wrote, 'and lived over 20 years less than you. I'd also like lots of other people not to die, not just because I understand what an effect that would have on people who love them and the economy, but also because I'm not a total ghoul.'
Nicky Clark said: 'I think it's fine if Sarah Vine wants to be nihilistic on her own time but just like I don't get pissed up & drive without a seat belt & without insurance at 90 miles an hour past a school at 3.30pm, chain smoking in a car full of unrestrained toddlers, it's not just about me.'
@Exqu1siteCorpse echoed those sentiments: 'I'm a 32 year old woman with COVID pneumonia. It absolutely matters if I die. I have a 9 year old who depends on me. Your tweet is ignorant and disgusting.'
The Guardian columnist Owen Jones weighed in, posting: '1 in every 1,000 Britons died in the pandemic in the space of three months. These are the utterances of a death cult.'
Vine replied, writing 'sigh'.
'Some people seem to have taken this the wrong way,' she said. 'All I was trying to say is that I that not everything in life can be controlled. We can only do our best.'
She added: 'Genuinely, what is the point of Twitter if you can't have an honest and open discussion about anything without people descending into hysterics?
But some couldn't help but make light of the situation. @RussinChesire joked: 'Imagine how much money we could save if everyone was dead!'
Elfie added: 'Just so we're clear, this is Sarah Vine's 'do not resuscitate' tweet.'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.