Whitchurch husband who could not say goodbye to beloved wife who died of coronavirus expresses his anger at Prime Minister's defence of Dominic Cummings' lockdown breach

A grieving husband who was unable to comfort his wife as she died from coronavirus complications because of lockdown guidance has described his family's anguish after Boris Johnson defended aide Dominic Cummings' decision to break the rules.

By Thomas Bamford
Thursday, 28th May 2020, 8:07 am
Updated Thursday, 28th May 2020, 8:10 am
John and Pauline Wilson
John and Pauline Wilson

He says he has been left 'absolutely furious'.

John Wilson and his family have been left 'absolutely furious' with the current Government after going through the nightmare situation when grammar school teacher Pauline was in hospital.

Mrs Wilson sadly died in Stoke Mandeville Hospital on March 29.

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Pauline Wilson receiving an award

She was a much-loved head of science at Aylesbury High School and her family paid tribute to her saying she 'lived her life extremely passionate about enabling young women to enjoy science and find careers in related fields.'

Many of her pupils became engineers, mathematicians, radiologists and doctors.

Mr Wilson said: "Hospital lockdown prevented me and her sisters from seeing Pauline for two weeks as she battled with her life.

"On the day she died we could not be with her to hold her hand, or try to reassure her. I just sat by the telephone in my house.

"Since then I have stayed home in the house leaving only to collect her ashes.

"I have not been able to see her body."

Mr Wilson, who lives in Whitchurch, wrote to his MP Greg Smith after seeing news that Boris Johnson had defended Mr Cummings decision to drive his family from London to Durham while displaying coronavirus symptoms, and then went on a trip to Barnard Castle, he says in an attempt to 'test his eyesight' ready for the trip back to London.

Speaking to The Bucks Herald Mr Wilson says he does not just feel angry for himself, but for every other family who had abided by strict coronavirus lockdown legislation.

John, Pauline's sisters and the family will now most likely have to wait until next year to lay Pauline's ashes to rest.

Mr Wilson said: "All of us have been distressed but shown the fortitude to carry on with our lives as best we could and have understood that the sacrifices we have been forced to make will go towards preventing many of our fellow citizens getting infected or having to suffer the things we have when a loved one died.

"Whilst my anger is fuelled by my own experience I'm trying to speak for all the people who have made sacrifices for the greater good during this pandemic.

"I don't want people to be sorry for me, I want people to be angry alongside me."

John said he has only left the house to collect her belongings from the undertaker, shop for food every couple of weeks, collect medication and post a parcel of condolence cards to her sister.

John said: "I saw the Prime Minister's broadcast on Sunday.

"I could only watch the first minute because I was so angry.

"What he's done has undermined the people's trust in the Government acting fairly. Fairness is hugely important to English people. It's non-negotiable.

"It was a case of 'bugger the rest of you, he's staying'.

"Once you've lost people's confidence you don't get it by undoing the thing that undid their confidence. You must do much more than that.

"Clearly Boris Johnson has no intention of doing this.

"Like Marina Hyde wrote last week, 'The thing about Johnson is that he desperately wanted to become prime minister, and he desperately wanted to have been prime minister. It’s just the bit in between he struggles with.'

"Being Prime Minister is clearly hard work, something Boris Johnson is not going to put in.

"I'm not a sad old man who feels sorry for himself.

"I'm an angry old man who wants to take the lightweight gang of dilettantes who seem unable to take responsibility and effective action to control this situation by the scruff of the neck and shake them until they realise that they are to be judged by the substance of what they do rather than the 'optics'."

John has posted his emotional letter to the MP on Twitter and it has received more than 10,000,000 views.

John has posted an emotional letter on twitter to his constituent MP, Greg Smith which has received more than 10,000,000 views.

Here's what he wrote:

To Mr Smith,

I have delayed writing to you for 15 hours to try and let my rage subside so that I can be coherent and civil.

My wife died of Coronavirus in Stoke Mandeville Hospital on March 29.

Hospital lockdown prevented me from seeing her for two weeks before her death.

On the day she died I could not be with her to hold her hand, I just sat by the telephone.

I was not able to see her body.

Since then I have stayed alone in the house leaving only to collect her ashes and belongings from the undertaker, shop for food every couple of weeks, collect medication, post a parcel of condolence cards to her sister who will pass them round the rest of the family and walk for less than one hour a day.

In other words under severe mental and emotional distress I, like the majority of the population have complied with your government's instructions in order to protect my fellow citizens.

I will spare you my opinion of the actions of the leader of your party yesterday.

If you are in any doubt, let me know.

I would like to know what your view is on this situation.

I would like to know what, if anything, you intend to do about this.

Please spare me the deepest sympathy/thoughts and prayers stuff, we are beyond that after yesterday.

John Wilson,