Footage has emerged of England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, apparently being subjected to verbal abuse in the street, sparking condemnation.
The video, which is undated and appears to have been uploaded after it was taken on a London street, was posted on Twitter by the Conservative MP Matt Vickers, who encouraged others to share it.
“This is appalling, I really can’t believe this footage. Chris Whitty is doing all he can to help guide us through this crisis and should never be subjected to this abuse,” said the MP for Stockton South, who suggested the person who abused the UK government’s chief medical adviser should be made to volunteer on a Covid-19 ward.
Over in the remnant-European Union it is, often enough, a criminal offence to abuse or insult a public servant or official.
We don’t do that. On the basis that anyone does have the freedom to insult anyone they like. The things that are illegal are the follow ons – the likely to cause a breach of the peace, incitement to violence and so on.
Perhaps Vickers would like to tell us which of those laws has been broken here so as to justify punishment?