Left-wing commentators and anti-royal critics politicise King’s cancer diagnosis with slew of distasteful comments
Left-wing and anti-royal critics were quick to politicize the King’s cancer diagnosis with unsavory comments following the shock announcement by Buckingham Palace on Monday night.
While world leaders and other well-wishers shared messages of support for the King, some left-wing commentators made a series of inappropriate comments, including comments about the speed with which he will receive treatment.
Some commentators took to X, formerly Twitter, to claim that His Majesty’s swift treatment was elitist.
Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror, said: ‘Two in five cancer patients referred urgently by a GP do not start treatment within the NHS target of two months.
“I wish King Charles a full recovery, but it should not be ignored that many others are not so fortunate or fortunate.”
King Charles was pictured today for the first time since the shock announcement last night that the monarch has a form of cancer
While world leaders and other well-wishers shared messages of support for the king, some left-wing commentators made a series of inappropriate comments
Ava Evans, political correspondent for left-leaning news website JOE, wished Charles a speedy recovery but also said it was “a good time to consider statutory sick pay – and the millions of people who have to keep working while sick because they can’t afford to’.
John Smith, son of the late social justice activist Harry Leslie Smith, posted less than 25 minutes after the King’s diagnoses were announced: ‘Never forget that KingCharles had no waiting times that affected his chance of surviving cancer, unlike ordinary NHS patients will decrease, thanks to the funding of public Health Care done by neoliberal governments to enrich the 1%, to whom the King belongs.’
Republic, which campaigned for the abolition of the monarchy and staged the king’s coronation, showed some mercy, writing on X: ‘Cancer is a horrible disease and we are very sorry to hear of Charles’ diagnosis . We wish him a speedy recovery.’
But after users replied ‘I hope he gets the same treatment as everyone else’, Republic’s account replied: ‘Indeed, and we hope everyone gets the treatment they need.’
Meanwhile, Rivkah Brown, a commissioning editor and reporter at far-left outlet Novara media, posted a Guardian news story about warnings that the UK’s state pension age will soon have to rise to 71.
Alongside the post, she wrote on X: ‘There is something uniquely British about this story which is quickly followed by news of the monarch’s possibly imminent death at the age of 75.
“Four good years, boys, that’s your lot.”
LBC radio presenter James O’Brien responded to a listener’s text, criticizing him for ‘failing to highlight the different care the King will receive’ compared to ordinary NHS cancer patients
Some commentators took to X, formerly Twitter, to claim His Majesty’s swift treatment was elitist
This is not the first time Miss Brown has posted distasteful comments online. Last year, she was forced to apologize and delete a social media post in which she said Hamas’ October 7 terrorist atrocities were “a day of celebration.”
Today, LBC radio presenter James O’Brien responded to a listener’s text, criticizing him for ‘failing to highlight’ the different care the King will receive compared to ordinary NHS cancer patients.
Responding to the listener, who suggested he should be ashamed of this failure, Mr O’Brien said: ‘I think I deserve it… but I promise you now, after we’ve read this and similar messages that come in, we will draw our attention at the first opportunity to the gulf between what you can expect, the moment after diagnosis, and what the King can expect.’
Controversial academic dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu accused the media of ‘whitewashing’ Charles’ legacy and painting him ‘as a saint for ‘working’ when he should be recovering’.
In a post on X, she wrote: ‘Cancer took my father in his prime. I hate it with a passion. On this King Charles has my sympathy.
‘I wish him and thousands across the UK who have been diagnosed with cancer a full recovery.
‘Watching the news and the media has already begun to whitewash his legacy as “Monarch” and paint him as a saint for “working” when he should be focused on his recovery.
Controversial academic Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu has accused the media of ‘whitewashing’ Charles’ legacy
‘Bear in mind there are thousands of cancer patients on long NHS waiting lists, some HAVE to work because they can’t afford to and won’t have access to the quality of healthcare and specialists he would have.
“Plus, they won’t have the wealth or staff to make themselves comfortable while dealing with this horrible disease.
“The media needs to stop being tone deaf and read the room.”
Dr Mos-Shogbamimu is no stranger to controversy, having previously said the Duchess of Sussex was right to skip King Charles’ coronation, describing it as ‘an inspiration’.
She was also branded a ‘race-baiter’ by Piers Morgan in 2020 after they clashed on Good Morning Britain over the Duchess.
And last year she was slammed by Jewish groups for her social media posts comparing Israel to Nazi Germany.