A paralegal has been fired for saying that Boris Johnson deserved to contract COVID-19.
Sheila Oakes, who is also the Mayor of Heanor, in Derbyshire, posted on Facebook last week that "he completely deserves this and he is one of the worst PM's [sic] we've ever had".
She did start by saying sorry.
When another poster called her comment "a cruel thing to say", Oakes replied that Johnson "has done absolutely nothing for the UK - have you heard how the nurses and doctors have no PPE, that there were not enough ventilators, that the NHS is massively underfunded and yet it is having to deal with this virus".
Johnson spent two days in an intensive care unit after becoming infected with the coronavirus, which has so far killed over 12,000 people in the UK.
VHS Fletchers Solicitors sacked Oakes from her position in its Ilkeston office for posting the "deeply offensive remarks"*, saying in a statement that as a result of her loose lips it became "embroiled in understandable and legitimate criticism of what she had said".
It's derailed the Pash a Paralegal campaign.
"To wish illness upon anyone must be abhorrent to all right thinking members of the public", said the firm, but "we have been heartened by a number of those who were able to distinguish her actions from those of this firm".
The criminal practice added that some of its staff were key workers who "are arguing with the police on a daily basis that there is no need to arrest or interview suspects", to "reduce our client’s** risk of coming into contact with the virus", and presumably reduce their risk of going to jail as a side-benefit.
Oakes, who was also thrown out of the Labour party (if only she'd just been antisemitic), told the Derby Telegraph, “I would like to apologise if I upset anyone, it was not my intention. I didn’t mean that there should be serious consequences from the virus" and that, “I hope that he makes a recovery and does not suffer any long-term ill effects".
*and also for that rogue apostrophe.
**another rogue apostrophe. Did...did she draft this statement? Is this all a Fletchers PR stunt?