Tory advisor Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking social distancing rules

Neil Ferguson: he broke the rules so he quit. If only some Tories had the same integrity after the event.

How typical of the Tory government and its cronies: this guy joined the others in imposing rules on the rest of us, then decided they didn’t apply to him.

But whereas his politician colleagues have just carried on in-post, doing whatever they like because they can, at least Neil Ferguson has had the integrity to own up and quit.

Personally, I can’t blame him for wanting some pleasant company. After nearly six weeks of lockdown, I’m starting to look forward to seeing customers at the supermarket (albeit at two metres’ distance).

The difference is, I would not endanger others for the sake of a moment’s selfishness.

That’s why this man had to go. Now go back and think on what this says about the Tory politicians.

A key scientist advising the government on the coronavirus pandemic has resigned after reportedly flouting social distancing restrictions, admitting he made an “error of judgement”.

Professor Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist whose modelling convinced Boris Johnson to press ahead with a UK-wide lockdown, stood down from the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) after allegations emerged in the Daily Telegraph.

It was claimed on Tuesday evening that professor Ferguson had allowed a woman to visit him at home in London at least two occasions during the lockdown – despite strict rules against mixing households.

Source: Neil Ferguson: Government coronavirus adviser quits after breaking lockdown rules | The Independent

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5 thoughts on “Tory advisor Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking social distancing rules

  1. trev

    The lockdown is hard for many people but we are all (most of us) abiding by the rules. Personally, it might sound selfish of me, I am enjoying the peace and quiet of not much traffic, normally I can’t open my front window because of the traffic noise and fumes, now it’s blissfully quiet and I can hear the birds sing. I’m also very much enjoying not having to attend the Jobcentre, signing on is something I normally find a stressful experience, so I’m not looking forward to the Jobcentre re-opening. I bet thousands of people agree with me on that one.

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