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There was big news on the evening of Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

N.B.: This post contains mature content.

Professor Neil Ferguson — aka Professor Lockdown — resigned from SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) in the UK. He remains in his post at Imperial College London.

He violated lockdown himself — with his married, left-wing lover, who is also a mother of two.

Apparently, the woman and her husband, also an academic, have an open marriage, so her gallivanting across London on two occasions was no big deal.

Ferguson is married but separated from his wife; they have a child.

The Telegraph broke the story. Christopher Hope, Chief Political Correspondent and Assistant Editor, is one of the journalists who co-wrote the article. Click twice on the image to see it. A summary follows:

For thee, but not for me.

Looking at it in another way:

A lot of people following Ferguson’s dodgy predictions about coronavirus — and, before that, foot and mouth, BSE (mad cow disease), swine flu, ebola — think this excuse is just a cover:

We await an exposé of this dangerous man. It’s midweek, therefore, time enough for a big splash in the Sunday papers.

The Telegraph was not alone in putting Ferguson on their front pages for Wednesday. Click on the photos to see them and the articles:

Here she is with a box labelled #EndFossilFuelSubsidies:

‘What is Avaaz.org?’ you might ask. You can read more about the activist organisation here. The name means ‘voice’ in a hybrid of various languages. It is an American organisation, supported by the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and founded by MoveOn.org, a group alleged to have ties with Soros.

This woman also opposes Brexit. Apparently, she is Austrian:

The exclusive Telegraph article says, in part (emphases mine):

Professor Neil Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The woman lives with her husband and their children in another house.

The epidemiologist leads the team at Imperial College London that produced the computer-modelled research that led to the national lockdown, which claimed that more than 500,000 Britons would die without the measures.

Prof Ferguson has frequently appeared in the media to support the lockdown and praised the “very intensive social distancing” measures.

The revelation of the “illegal” trysts will infuriate millions of couples living apart and banned by the Government from meeting up during the lockdown, which is now in its seventh week.

On at least two occasions, Antonia Staats, 38, travelled across London from her home in the south of the capital to spend time with the Government scientist, nicknamed Professor Lockdown.

The 51-year-old had only just finished a two-week spell self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus

The first of Ms Staats’ visits, on Monday March 30, coincided with a public warning by Prof Ferguson that the one-week-old lockdown measures would have to remain until June.

Ms Staats, a left-wing campaigner, made a second visit on April 8 despite telling friends she suspected that her husband, an academic in his 30s, had symptoms of coronavirus.

She and her husband live together with their two children in a £1.9 million home, but are understood to be in an open marriage. She has told friends about her relationship with Prof Ferguson, but does not believe their actions to be hypocritical because she considers the households to be one.

But one week before the first tryst, Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer, and Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, clarified during the daily Downing Street press conference that couples not living together must stay apart during lockdown.

Prof Ferguson sat on Sage, whose advice has guided the Government response during the pandemic, as well as the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), which advises the chief medical officer and the Department of Health

Ms Staats declined to comment.

This will get people’s backs up. More on that below.

Only in the past week has the government allowed certain establishments to reopen, e.g. DIY stores and some restaurants offering delivery or takeaway service only.

These small pleasures are significant when Britons cannot work or are separated from their loved ones.

This was the newly reopened KFC in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on Tuesday, May 5. To be fair, Deliveroo drivers are in some of these cars, but not most of them:

Earlier on Tuesday — Ferguson resigned from SAGE in the evening — Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle made a brief annoucement in the Commons:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said several days ago that now was not the time to lift lockdown.

He will be making the annoucement on Sunday, all being well.

However much we like Boris and want him to get well soon, a number of us are getting itchy feet. Car use is up, as per the transport slide we get nearly daily on the government’s coronavirus briefings.

Will Ferguson’s resignation change the government’s mind about lockdown?

Some experts have also criticised the social distancing rule, which Ferguson and his lover clearly ignored:

There is also a suggested letter that Britons can send to their respective MPs:

I’ll have more in another post on Sweden’s sensible precautions, which Boris, too, was asking us to follow until the evening of Monday, March 23, when we went into lockdown.

I don’t know if this SAGE chart from March 6 is the real deal, but it wouldn’t surprise me:

Over the weekend, #endlockdownuk began trending on Twitter. If people were restless then, they must be downright furious now:

Neil Ferguson will have done more singlehandedly than any boffin over the past century to make the average person mistrust, if not hate, science.

Also, thanks to him, no one will trust government medical officers or scientific advisers for at least a generation.

In the meantime, Boris, please do the right thing and phase out the lockdown steadily and sensibly STARTING NEXT WEEK. Thank you.

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