Julia Hartley-Brewer condemns Prof Neil Ferguson’s ‘rank hypocrisy’

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has lambasted scientist Professor Neil Ferguson after it emerged he flouted lockdown rules despite his position in the government’s advisory group.

The epidemiologist, whose research helped inform Boris Johnson’s implementation of a nationwide shutdown in response to coronavirus, resigned from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) last night.

It was after the Telegraph reported a woman he is in a relationship with visited his London home at least twice while social distancing measures were in place.

Professor Ferguson said he made an “error of judgement” but believed he was immune having tested positive for Covid-19.

But Julia criticised his actions as “rank hypocrisy”.

“To advise rules which shatter people’s lives…He advised those rules and we trusted, and the government trusted, that he believed those rules were necessary to save lives.

“But those rules, it turns out, weren’t for everyone. Those rules, as we’ve seen again and again from the elites, from the people who think they know better, those rules were for the little people, they weren't for people like Professor Neil Ferguson.”

The breakfast show host concluded: “A lot of people talking about how we've had enough of experts, well I tell you what, we’ve definitely had enough of this hypocritical expert.

“So goodbye, Professor Neil Ferguson. Keep working on the vaccine, we’ll happily take that on if you do come up with it but in the meantime I think the less we hear from Professor Neil Ferguson the better.”

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