Neil Ferguson’s staggering hypocrisy

The team discusses the latest extraordinary week of the coronavirus pandemic.


Does it matter that Neil Ferguson flouted the lockdown rules? Should we believe the allegations against Joe Biden? Is the tide turning against campus censorship? Tom Slater, Ella Whelan, Fraser Myers, and special guest Sean Collins, discuss all this and more on this week’s spiked podcast.

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mister wallace

12th May 2020 at 2:00 am

I couldn’t care less what people do in their spare time but as Fergusson used his crap SISO machine to destroy lives and the economy then stuff him. My first question was/is: Who grassed him? Fergusson knew his SISO machine produced crap numbers and just picked something to scare everybody. Probably his get back at British society for causing Brexit.

Puddy Cat

10th May 2020 at 1:27 pm

I have been quite appalled at the minister baiting that has been going on. Yes, something fundamental has gone wrong but how is grilling the ministers going to help the situation at this moment? When Matt Hancock struck out in Parliament it showed stress rather than petulance.

The daily round of some other ‘what if’ is exemplified by Ferguson. It is that about the deferred, listened to, that, in some characters, is taken as a free pass. Loss of humility is the most harmful adjunct a character of significance can present, it is the old thing about, “I became so popular that I became unknown even to my self”. Where is the selflessness and rigour in these people; typically you would expect more from a scientist, especially when so much in the public eye.

That we have a government that had so much to do in the world it had planned, yet is willing to set aside its magnum opus for the safety and security of its people, represents to me a process that you can have faith in. It is oblique for the media to bang on about what should have been done when the state pays for the best brains to advise it and been advised by them. That the state has not put politicking first must have demanded massive restraint.

The mischief afoot is self evident. One can only hope that as the silent majority gave its vote to Conservatism at the election, and shunned the money-tree policies of Labour, those same people will see through the chiding interference from the likes of the BBC and lend their confidence to Boris and his Cabinet.

The press is all set-up for such scurrilous assaults as there are a good portion of them betting on ‘futures’. There is an industry in trying to identify the zeitgeist, looking to create an anthem out of ad lib. So much of what we hear is based on the fine point inflation and overt character analysis sounding plausible enough to gather a crowd. We are all in this together except for those that never are and never will be, whatever the situation.

SNJ Morgan

9th May 2020 at 1:55 pm

“Does it matter that Neil Ferguson flouted the lockdown rules?”

-What matters a great deal more is that our wonderful PM saw fit to have him on his advisory group in the first place. The man’s modelling and predictions have been so laughably wrong, over such a long period of time, it’s a wonder he hasn’t been frog marched out Imperial College by now.

The closest the man has come to getting anything right is when he predicted between 50 to 50,000 deaths due to swine flu pandemic (it was 178, so he was in the ball park!!!).

What on earth is wrong with you, Boris?

Claire D

9th May 2020 at 8:06 am

A month ago Dominic Cummings was the favourite scapegoat, now it’s Neil Ferguson.

Graham Southern

9th May 2020 at 10:54 am

Except Ferguson is being defended by the people who attack Cummings.

Claire D

10th May 2020 at 8:33 am

Horses for courses.

Jerry Owen

10th May 2020 at 11:33 pm

Not your best post.

Claire D

11th May 2020 at 3:24 pm

I agree Jerry but still, I like it.

Rikhard Wright

9th May 2020 at 4:13 am

We are not dealing with a great intellect here. Probably just a narcissistic con-man.

Graham Southern

9th May 2020 at 10:56 am

An ‘expert’ who is not open to ideas that conflict with his own.

Jackie Robbins

9th May 2020 at 1:23 am

One last word, as I spike a little tequila to my margarita: Trump was getting over 50,000 Americans to his rallies. Thousands more outside auditoriums that couldn’t get in

Compared to 30, let me repeat THIRTY supporters in a small classroom for Biden.

Polls say Biden is ahead of Trump?

Uh huh. They’re so f—ing obvious! They think that the word DUNCE is inculcated on our foreheads!



Must shut down those Trump Rallies! How so? Send a virus!!! Ah, and we can do so much more cheating with the virus and gain complete control like China while we’re at it! Oh boy!


9th May 2020 at 8:44 pm

Perhaps Biden’s supporters are the silent majority-the sort who prefer to express their appreciation by voting 110% in postal votes as in the UK?

Jackie Robbins

9th May 2020 at 1:05 am

Once again we see how the Democrats HATE the Constitution and would like to replace Due Process with whatever is convenient for those in power. Or they will rely on due process only when it’s convenient for them but not for others (Kavanough). The fundamental principle underlying the Bill of Rights is Equal Justice for all and protecting the Individual from an abusive government or an abusive mob that can’t tolerate independent opinions.

Jackie Robbins

9th May 2020 at 12:56 am

Thought the Spiked Team would enjoy this regarding Biden:

Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Is Not Enough

Ness Immersion

8th May 2020 at 10:53 pm

A good review of Ferguson’s catastrophic model here:

Ness Immersion

8th May 2020 at 10:49 pm


8th May 2020 at 9:58 pm

I think Mr Ferguson should apologise to all those people who were forbidden to be with their loved ones as they died-the parents of a teenager , a sixty year old man who died crying out for his family are just two examples.

Rikhard Wright

9th May 2020 at 4:11 am

Having to apologize should be the least of his worries.

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