How Did Ferguson (Imperial College London) manage the Alleged Nookie keeping the 3 metres Social Distancing? You have to hand it to the Brits, Boris’s War Cry rings out: Heads Down, and Peckers up!

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Coronavirus: Prof Neil Ferguson quits government role after ‘undermining’ lockdown

  • Coronavirus pandemicProf Neil Ferguson has quit as a government adviser on coronavirus after admitting an “error of judgement”.

Prof Ferguson, whose advice to the prime minister led to the UK lockdown, said he regretted “undermining” the messages on social distancing.

The Telegraph reported that a woman he was said to be in a relationship with visited his home in lockdown.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was “extraordinary” and that he “took the right decision to resign”.

He told Sky News that it was “just not possible” for Prof Ferguson to continue advising the government.

Mr Hancock said the social distancing rules “are there for everyone” and are “deadly serious”.

Scotland Yard said Prof Ferguson’s behaviour was “plainly disappointing” but officers “do not intend to take any further action”.

Prof Ferguson’s modelling of the virus’s transmission suggested 250,000 people could die without drastic action.

This led Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce on 23 March that he was imposing widespread curbs on daily life aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.

Under those measures people were told to go out as little as possible, with partners who live separately later being told they should “ideally” stay in their own homes.

In a statement, Prof Ferguson said: “I accept I made an error of judgement and took the wrong course of action.

“I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in Sage (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.”

He also called the government advice on social distancing “unequivocal”, adding that it was there “to protect all of us”.

The Telegraph reported that Antonia Staats visited his home on at least two occasions during the lockdown.

Image caption Prof Neil Ferguson appeared before the Science and Technology Committee in March

Security minister James Brokenshire told the BBC that “a range of experts” will continue to support ministers following Prof Ferguson’s resignation.

Despite Prof Ferguson’s comments, it is currently unclear whether people who have recovered from the virus will be immune or able to catch it again.

BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh said “Neil Ferguson will know the science is very much developing” on immunity – and the government was not advising people to carry on as normal if they had already had the disease.

Our correspondent added that Prof Ferguson’s resignation was “a really big deal”, calling him “the most influential scientist” in the virus outbreak apart from the UK’s chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

However, Sir Robert Lechler, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said he did not think Prof Ferguson’s resignation would “have any material impact” on the work of Sage, which is advising the government on the pandemic.

He told the BBC that Prof Ferguson had made “an important contribution” but he was sure the group would “continue to provide valuable input”.

It comes after the number of people who have died with coronavirus in the UK reached 29,427 on Tuesday – the highest number of virus deaths in Europe.

However, figures from the Office for National Statistics – which includes deaths where the virus is suspected, not just where tests have been carried out – brings the total number to more than 32,000.

Challenged during Prime Minister’s Questions over how the UK’s death toll had become so high, Mr Johnson said every death was “a tragedy”.

However, he said the data was not yet available to draw conclusions on international comparisons.

He added that “there will of course be a time to look at what decisions we took and whether we could have taken different decisions” but “what the people of this country want us to do now is to suppress the disease… and begin the work of getting our country’s economy back on its feet.”

Media caption“I don’t think you can make the international comparisons you’re suggesting at this stage” – Dominic Raab

Prof Ferguson’s resignation comes a month after Scotland’s chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, quit when it was revealed she had broken lockdown rules by making two trips to her second home.

Scottish National Party MP Philippa Whitford told BBC Newsnight that both cases were examples of telling the public “to do something really difficult but it’s as if it doesn’t count for you”.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said he would not comment on an individual’s private life but everyone should be following the “vital” social distancing rules.

Prof Neil Ferguson is one of the world’s most influential disease modellers.

He is director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis.

The centre’s mathematical predictions advise governments and the World Health Organization on outbreaks from Ebola in West Africa to the current pandemic.

It was that group’s work, in early January, that alerted the world to the threat of coronavirus.

It showed hundreds if not thousands of people were likely to have been infected in Wuhan, at a time when Chinese officials said there were only a few dozen cases.

But he shot to public attention as “Professor Lockdown”.

In mid-March, the maths showed the UK needed to change course or a quarter of a million people would die in a “catastrophic epidemic”.

Those calculations helped transform government policy and all lives.

In other developments:

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Image caption On Tuesday, a new NHS contact-tracing app was launched to key workers on the Isle of Wight
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Image caption After initially reaching its target of 100,000 tests, for the past three days the government failed to hit it

Conservative MP Sir John Redwood suggested the circumstances behind Prof Ferguson’s resignation would not matter to the public.

“What matters to the nation is are we getting the right advice and how do we get through this dreadful crisis?” he said.

Prof Ferguson led Imperial College London’s Covid-19 response team. He has carried out mathematical modelling to provide information on outbreaks including foot-and-mouth in 2001, bird flu in 2006 and swine flu in 2009.

A statement from the university said Prof Ferguson “continues to focus on his important research”.

Fred:  No matter how high or low the status of education is human nature has its own way of turning academics into Nookie maniacs.  Let’s go back to the Tory archives of years gone by:  They have had scandal after scandal not forgetting the Profumo affair and Christine Keeler.  As the story goes, during that extraordinary period Christine fled to Ireland, to West Galway, to lie low.  It is said her mini sports car broke down on a lonely road when this tall red headed farmer came out of a field in a Massy Ferguson like a raging bull.  Christine waved him down and said to him, can you help me I am a woman in distress.  She was bemused that the red head Paddy did not recognise her so she looked at him and said  “You must recognise me, I am on the run from the English media, I have made a terrible mistake”. Padraig Og looked at her and said we all have our problems Missus “I just ploughed the wrong fuckin field”. 

Back to London.  Boris cannot afford to let this Genius resign.  The problem is the Swedish looking blonde has a very angry husband and Boris would be an expert himself about angry husbands and climbing down drain pipes in the early hours of the Nookie moon.  O yes the Tories have not lost their panache for the wild side of life.  Even my friend Maggie will tell me that Trinners have their lustful old Profs too. 

Back to Dublin 4.  People all over Ireland are playing bingo out their windows and helping cash starved charities.  I really do hope the money gets to those in need and is not siphoned off by greedy people.  The other night at the flat complex at Kevin Street the ordinary people of Ireland showed Dublin 4 and the culchie yups what community spirit is really all about.  They raised almost e10,000 by playing Bingo out their windows for over three hours.  I applaud these people; they are the true socialists; they are not going around thumping their chests and wearing coats from Harrods.  Last night I got an email from a good source who lives in Dublin 4 and he told Fred that not alone is the Swinger Club back in full Swing but it is also about Nookie Galore.  Here is a copy of what he sent me.

While the country is locked down in one of the darkest periods in world history, Dublin 4 is gone beyond the word Immoral. Sources tell me that divorce lawyers are inundated with calls from Her Indoors and Him outside in the Mews excercising social distancing at all times. The Swingers Club is back and I don’t mean Maria Bailey with the bottle of wine in each hand! I mean Keys are left in hedges, now it is not about the hedge funds which will come later with a large bill. O yes, there is great community spirit all over Ireland helping the elderly and vulnerable but not the culchies and West Brits in Dublin 4. As I said before they are into Nookie Galore.

It is also rumoured that the BT marriage guidance counselling service is open online. Culchie wives are on Prada Xanax to keep them coping in these most harrowing of times. The bottle blondes with the £1000 knicks are finding it very difficult and they are realising that marrying for money is not all it is cracked up to be. Women are saying they look at the men and see Losers, Liars and Leeches. Now is the time to figure it all out during this LockDown. It is also alleged that a certain wee man drove a large vehicle down to Cork to collect a mute parrot but now the truth has come out, it is alleged this man, can make money during a dark Pandemic and I don’t mean Meatloaf singing Bat out of Hell. It is alleged this fucker came back with 350 blown up dolls guaranteed to give you the rodeo of your life, with a months guarantee of satisfaction. Price £2,500 per barbie. They were sold out in 24 hours in the Dublin 4 black market. As one lonely little porky Dublin 4 husband said: “I find my purchase fantastic. The battle axe is in the Georgian mansion while I have my barbie in the mews and I can call her all the names I like and it feels just great. There is no moaning about the grass, or walk the dog or fix the light bulb. Yes sometimes in these dark hours we all get to know each other – this culchie informed Fred Bassett. When this darkness is over divorce lawyers will be parked right up Pembroke Road and the Press behind them.

To be continued. Don’t forget this wee man has come to Ireland to change the entire structure of our sexual exploits

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