May 6, 2020

British Modeler Cheats, Breaks Lockdown

Neil Ferguson broke his own policy proposal by having an affair with a married woman.

Neil Ferguson may not be a household name, but he’s the British epidemiologist and Imperial College professor whose model projecting widespread coronavirus deaths were a leading driver of hard lockdowns in the UK and America. Early on, Ferguson projected that, without extreme measures to mitigate its spread, COVID-19 could kill 2.2 million Americans, and he became known in Great Britain as “Professor Lockdown.”

On Tuesday, Ferguson abruptly resigned his post on the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies due to an “error of judgment.” That’s putting it mildly. According to the UK Guardian, he “quit … after flouting the rules by receiving visits from his lover at his home.” His married mistress, that is.

That mistress — Antonia Staats — reportedly told friends she “did not believe their actions to be hypocritical because she considered the households to be one.” By any sane definition, hers and Fergusons are not “one household.” Yet Ferguson confessed, “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.”

Hypocrisy is a regular character trait for elitists like this. The actions of this adulterous pair — as well as those of several Democrat mayors here in America who couldn’t abide by their own lockdown policies — are a good indicator that those policies were overkill. Yet rather than admit it, many of these authoritarians are doubling down on criticizing and even punishing the commoners.

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