Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Totally Embarrassing

Another high ranking, highly paid government official is forced to stand down after saying one thing then doing another during the Coronavirus lockdown.

What are people to make of such complete hypocrites.

Government coronavirus scientist Prof Neil Ferguson resigns after ‘breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover’

By Thomas Burrows - Scottish Sun
THE SCIENTIST whose advice led to Boris Johnson putting Britain in lockdown has resigned from his government advisory position after he broke social distancing rules to meet his married lover.

Professor Neil Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Professor Neil Ferguson has resigned from his government advisory position after breaking lockdown rules

Prof Ferguson, 51, allowed Antonia Staats, 38, to visit him at home at least twice during the lockdown Credit: Facebook

Antonia Staats, 38, lives with her husband and their children in a £1.9million house, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Professor Ferguson leads the team at Imperial College London that handed a bombshell piece of research to the government that said failing to take drastic action would cause 250,000 deaths and overwhelm the NHS.

It was a hammer blow to the government's initial hopes of defeating the virus by building "herd immunity" in the community.

But despite his support for the nationwide lockdown, Prof Ferguson failed to follow social distancing rules himself. Just last week he warned lifting the lockdown too early could risk an additional 100,000 deaths.

On at least two occasions, Ms Staats travelled across London to see the government scientist.

Her first visit, on March 30, coincided with a public warning by Prof Ferguson the lockdown measures would need to stay in place until June.

She made a second trip on April 8 despite telling friends she suspected her husband - an academic in his thirties - had coronavirus symptoms.

Prof Ferguson accepted he had made an "error of judgement and took the wrong course of action".

He told the Telegraph: "I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in Sage [the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies].

"I acted in the belief that I was immune, having tested positive for coronavirus, and completely isolated myself for almost two weeks after developing symptoms.

"I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing to control this devastating epidemic.

"The Government guidance is unequivocal, and is there to protect all of us."

A Government spokesman confirmed Prof Ferguson had stepped back from his role.

Ms Staats and her husband live together with their two children in a £1.9million home but are understood to be in an open marriage.

She declined to comment.

Last month Scotland's chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, was forced to resign after making two trips to her second home during the coronavirus lockdown.

And Cabinet Minister Robert Jenrick travelled 150 miles from London to his £1.1million home in Herefordshire — where he is now living with his family — after travel to second homes was banned.

The housing, communities and local government secretary later made a 40-mile trip to visit his elderly parents in Shropshire.

He said he was delivering food and medicine and did not go inside their house.

The police in England and Wales have handed out more than 9,000 fines during the lockdown.

The epidemiologist led the team at Imperial College London which honed Britain's COVID-19 battle plan while claiming 250,000 Brits would die unless it was enforced

Beyond Stupid - And No Mistake! (06/04/20)

The Scottish Government tried to spin its way out of the Catherine Calderwood crisis by portraying the chief medical officer's behaviour as a 'mistake'.

But this 'mistake' strategy quickly collapsed under some obvious contradictions such as:

  • Mistakes are normally accidental or innocent - yet this was a deliberate, calculated decision to take the whole family to Fife 
  • The Calderwoods stayed overnight despite the visit being justified on some alleged, unexplained need to check on the family's holiday home  
  • At the Scottish Government press conference Catherine Calderwood admitted to visiting Fife the previous weekend as well, on this occasion with her husband   

The whole affair is completely farcical if you ask me, but read how The Sun broke the story via the link below and decide for yourself.

Coronavirus Scotland: Chief medic Catherine Calderwood apologises for visiting second home during lockdown

By Abbi Garton - The Sun

SCOTLAND's Chief Medical Officer has apologised after flouting government coronavirus lockdown rules to visit her second home this weekend.

Dr Catherine Calderwood said there were "reasons" for what she did but that they did not justify her weekend visit.

Scotland's chief medical officer snubs the lockdown

We exclusively told how Dr Catherine Calderwood, 51, tweeted a snap of her family clapping the NHS outside her Edinburgh pad on Thursday.

But on Saturday she was pictured 44 miles away walking with her husband and children near their coastal retreat in posh Earlsferry, Fife.

Dr Catherine Calderwood defied her own government's adviceCredit: Getty Images - Getty

One local blasted: “It’s double standards.”

The Scottish Government confirmed that Dr Calderwood would attend today's daily briefing on coronavirus cases across Scotland.

In a statement released this morning, she said: “I wish to apologise unreservedly for the issue reported in the media today.

She was pictured with her husband and children near their coastal retreat

Dr Calderwood shared a photo of her family outside her capital home

“While there are reasons for what I did, they do not justify it and they were not legitimate reasons to be out of my home.

"While I and my family followed the guidance on social distancing at all times, I understand that I did not follow the advice I am giving to others, and I am truly sorry for that.

SCOTTISH SUN SAYS - Scots chief medic put lives at risk by undermining coronavirus lockdown

“I know how important this advice is and I do not want my mistake to distract from that. I have a job to do as Chief Medical Officer to provide advice to Ministers on the path of this virus and to support the medical profession as they work night and day to save lives, and having spoken with the First Minister this morning I will continue to focus entirely on that job."

It comes days after SNP bosses called for powers to stop second home owners travelling to rural areas.