03 Sep Coronavirus: Tory minister’s husband thinks COVID-19 is a ‘mental illness’ | Politics News
Coronavirus is a “mental illness”, according to the husband of a government minister.
Sandy McFadzean, who is married to Conservative MP and Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith, was at a march against COVID-19 restrictions last weekend.
According to the Eastern Daily Press newspaper, Mr McFadzean has in the past retweeted posts describing the government as “globalist puppets” and “tyrants”.
A poster for Saturday’s Unite For Freedom march called for an end to social distancing, coronavirus track and trace and the wearing of face coverings.
The Eastern Daily Press reported that Mr McFadzean, who is employed by Credit Suisse as a vice president, wrote on Twitter: “COVID-19 is most likely an outbreak of mental illness.”
Another post said: “Government need to be clear.
“Either there is a killer virus on the loose or there isn’t. (Spoiler alert: There isn’t).”
The newspaper reported that Mr McFadzean’s Twitter account was deleted on Wednesday after it attempted to contact the Norwich North MP for comment.
In response, Ms Smith was quoted by the Eastern Daily Press as saying: “My husband’s a private citizen. Everyone’s entitled to their own view, and to debate. I take a different view.”
The Conservative Party has not responded to a request for comment, while Credit Suisse also declined to comment.
Clive Lewis, Labour MP for the neighbouring constituency of Norwich South, said: “There’s absolutely no way I’d hold anyone responsible for the views of their partner.
“However, if my partner was spouting forth COVID conspiracy, anti-vaccination nonsense, it is very likely the subject might come up for discussion at some point over tea.”
Councillor Natasha Harpley, leader of the Labour Group on Broadland Council, tweeted: “Chloe Smith is not her husband’s keeper but wow, how embarrassing.
“What an insult to the 1000s who have died & those experiencing actual mental ill health.
“I hope his ignorance hasn’t compromised the health of both her & those she meets whilst carrying out MP duties.”