The point at which you know someone has totally lost it is when they shoot the messenger. So it was when the Guardian nailed chief Downing Street polecat Dominic Cummings: he had attended SAGE. “Cummings and a data scientist he worked with on the Vote Leave campaign for Brexit are on the secret scientific group advising the government on the coronavirus pandemic” declared the article. And there was more.
And that data scientist? Ben Warner “was reportedly recruited to Downing Street last year by Cummings after running the Conservative party’s general election campaign model. He is also said to have worked closely with Cummings on the data modelling used in the Vote Leave campaign for the UK to leave the European Union”. Someone has to say it: what the merry fuck is he doing attending SAGE? He’s a sodding election strategist.has reported. “A No 10 spokesman said … ‘The scientists on Sage are among the most eminent in their fields … It is factually wrong and damaging to sensible public debate to imply their advice is affected by government advisers listening to discussions … Public confidence in the media has collapsed during this emergency partly because of ludicrous stories such as this”.
The difference between that, and Combover Crybaby Donald Trump telling the reporter from CNN “You are Fake News” is not so great. Meanwhile, former Government chief scientific advisor David King declared himself “shocked” to discover there were political advisors on SAGE. David Lidington, former de facto deputy to Theresa May, was unaware of any special advisor being involved on scientific advisory panels.
In any case, there is little point Dom and his fellow polecats going after the Guardian, as the SAGE news had already been hinted at in the Sunday Times, as the Tweeter known as My Sweet Landlord pointed out: “the original Sunday Times piece disclosed that Cummings attended SAGE”. Moreover, “We also knew that the dominant voices on SAGE were mathematical modellers and behavioural scientists”. Not medical officers.
Polecat Dom has been caught with his hands in the till. But his boss is scared of him. So this whole farce will just carry on. And more unfortunate Brits will fall ill and die.