Don’t just f**k it up, Thomas Cook it up!

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Now it’s feared Chua is not alone.

Even the Crown Pros­e­cu­tor in the case ad­mit­ted he doesn’t know if there are “hun­dreds or thou­sands” more Vic­torino Chua’s out there lurk­ing in the shad­ows.

Is it re­ally now the case that all you need to ob­tain a job in the NHS is to be some kind of a dab hand with a pho­to­copier and an abil­ity to cut and paste? ONLY lawyers could make money out of the deaths of two kids.

And only in­sur­ance firms could sto­ically look the other way while a fam­ily is torn apart by grief.

It sounds aw­ful – and it is aw­ful – but that’s pre­cisely what hap­pened in the case of poor Bobby and Christi Shep­herd.

They were on a Thomas Cook hol­i­day to Corfu with their par­ents when deadly car­bon monox­ide fumes seeped into their villa.

The bod­ies of Bobby, six, and Christi, seven, were found by a cham­ber­maid the next morn­ing. Dad Neil was in a coma nearby.

Last week an in­quest jury ruled that Thomas Cook breached its duty of care to the fam­ily, re­turn­ing ver­dicts of un­law­ful killing of both chil­dren. An­nounc­ing those ver­dicts, the jury fore­man noted that the hol­i­day gi­ant’s health and safety au­dit of the ho­tel com­plex was in­ad­e­quate.

What hap­pened next made a na­tion’s vomit rise.

Thomas Cook claim they’ve writ­ten to Mr Shep­herd and his ex-wife Sharon Wood to apol­o­gise.

Yet nei­ther Mr Shep­herd nor Ms Wood has re­ceived any such let­ter.

Worse still, the com­pany is­sued a mealy-mouth state­ment that, de­spite the jury’s ver­dict, ef­fec­tively ab­di­cated it­self of any blame. And then, to add heaped in­sult onto ab­so­lute in­jury, Thomas Cook chief exec Peter Fankhauser re­vealed they had re­ceived a £3mil­lion set­tle­ment from Louis Group, the ho­tel own­ers.

Half of that money went to their in­sur­ers. The other half was “in re­spect of legal fees”.

Un­der the glare of un­favourable pub­lic­ity and as their share price be­gan to crash, Thomas Cook then said it was do­nat­ing the £1.5m for legal fees to the chil­dren’s char­ity UNICEF. It was too lit­tle, too late.

Calls to boy­cott Thomas Cook be­gan to spread on­line and it may yet prove to be the com­pany’s down­fall.

What struck many, though, was the amount of money th­ese un­named lawyers were al­lowed to charge for their ser­vices.

Se­ri­ously, how on earth can you a rack up a bill of £1.5MIL­LION and keep a straight face?

They strut and stride as if the world de­pends on them – but the stark re­al­ity about lawyers is that where there’s death, di­vorce, agony and pain, there’s al­ways a man in a pin-striped suit stand­ing by, clock­ing up his fees.

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