In a column in The Mail Online today, Oncology Professor Angus Dalgleish accused UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “political cowardice” and that his government’s covid-19 policy is being driven by “nothing more sophisticated than a deranged dogma.”
“It is dogma of the worst sort, for it is shaped by political cowardice and burnished by discredited scientific advisers who no longer seem capable of reviewing the evidence in front of them.
That is why I was one of 22 scientists and academics who put their names yesterday to an open letter to the Government calling for the removal of all coronavirus restrictions no later than June 21 – the end date of the Prime Minister’s roadmap – to enable people to ‘take back control of their lives.”
The oncology professor goes on to say the evidence demonstrates that the vaccine programme has been successful and that the country has reached herd immunity. Dalgleish says that he’s bewildered that restrictions remain in place:
“Yet despite this, it still remains illegal to eat inside a restaurant or drink in a pub and the number of socially distanced mourners permitted to attend a funeral remains capped at 30, as the Mail has done such a good job of reminding us.
As we persist with lockdown, thousands of businesses are going bust, jobs are being lost and our population is becoming ever more anxious and isolated…….”
“And earlier this month, in defiance of scientific evidence and basic common sense, Boris Johnson declared that the pandemic was fizzling out, but not because of our outstandingly successful vaccine programme.
No, the virus is vanishing, our scientifically illiterate Prime Minister said, because of the brilliance of his lockdown strategy. Never mind there is no evidence either from Britain or abroad to support this delusional analysis. So what is going on?
A weird ‘groupthink’ has taken hold inside the Westminster bubble. Mr Johnson and his political and scientific circle appear to have collectively lost the capacity for cool-headed risk analysis.”
Dalgleish goes on to say that lockdowns are scientifically nonsensical:
“The idea that you can squeeze a respiratory epidemic to death with lockdown is and was scientifically nonsensical, and anyway economically disproportionate.
It is high time the Prime Minister allowed the country to begin the long process of recovery from a disaster which his policies are needlessly prolonging.
If it were really about ‘data not dates’, he would have done so long before now.”
You can read the full article by Professor Angus Dalgleish here: