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Samizdata quote of the day

While Dr Fauci’s wisdom is questioned openly, Britain is haunted by the presence of Prof Neil Ferguson, who repeatedly returns to our screens like a bad horror movie. Rarely has any expert in British life been more wrong about so many major things, and yet still he crops up, where he is given a respectful audience at government level and by most of the media. His latest appearance has seen him warning — with the Prime Minister following suit — that the Indian variant of Covid might necessitate delaying the end of lockdown. But what is striking is not just that Ferguson gets away with repeatedly being wrong, but that his constant urges for greater caution are not balanced by any force urging the opposite.

Douglas Murray

7 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Fred Z

    We hairless monkeys still think that a person who looks like he knows what he’s talking about does know what he’s talking about.

    Tall men get more chicks and make more money, dorky academic looking dudes like Ferguson get listened to with respect, despite the actual fact that he’s a moron.

    Appearance is everything, substance is nothing, every successful politician knows this, Hello Boris, how ya doin?

  • decnine

    Ferguson, Bashir, Harrabin: it’s time the BBC broke that mould.

  • Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    How tall are Boris johnson and the Labour guy? Maybe Boris wins on that account? (And would a short Doctor Who lose viewers even faster than now?)

  • George Atkisson

    Nicholas –

    How fast would viewership drop for a short, fat, tatted up, PoC trans woman Dr. Who? The woke Left would applaud loudly.

  • Roué le Jour

    Virus? All I’m seeing is a group of traitors trying to cause the maximum damage to the uk economy.

    It isn’t about arguing againt caution, it’s about the cost/benefit.

  • Paul Marks

    I once met a lady in Truro Cathedral who (as Mr Ed can confirm) argued that Tony Fauci was a good man – although she was talking about the Tony Fauci she knew in the 1980s, he seems to have changed over the last 40 years in government.

    The Gain of Function research in Wuhan was a terrible blunder – and the endless LYING about it by Tony Fauci and his associates, is despicable.

    Then there is the smearing of Early Treatment – smearing which has cost so many thousands of lives

    Even now most people think that Early Treatment means “Trump” saying “inject yourself with disinfectant” – because that is what people like Tony Fauci (and the media) implied.

    At no point did Tony Fauci explain and defend Early Treatment with the existing medications that he knows well could have saved about 80% of the people who died.

    That is just awful – terrible. However, good a person Tony Fauci may have been in the 1980s – he is not a good person now.

    As for Professor Ferguson – he has no medical knowledge, he is a physicist with a computer model that never made any sense.

    The question is why did anyone listen to Professor Ferguson and to the other “experts” who have never treated any patients for Covid 19 – or any other illness.

    What treatment is Professor Ferguson suggesting for the “Indian Variant”? If he is just carrying on playing the lockdown and mask mandate game – then he needs to be told to go away.

  • Zerren Yeoville

    Don’t forget also that Prof Ferguson was himself guilty of breaching the very lockdown regulations that put a nation effectively under house arrest on the basis of his computer modelling, by sneaking out merely in order to meet a sexual partner … and that the story was largely buried within a couple of days by the same MSM that is nevertheless still unable to print or voice the words ‘Dominic Cummings’ except in close proximity to the words ‘Barnard Castle.’