Professor Neil Ferguson and Antonia Staats
The scientist whose advice prompted UK prime Minister Boris Johnson to lock down Britain resigned from his Government advisory position as it was revealed he broke social distancing rules to meet his married lover.
This morning, UK Security Minister James Brokenshire has called Prof Neil Ferguson’s resignation a “matter of regret” but an “appropriate course” of action.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said:
“I’m obviously saddened to hear this development and the actions Professor Ferguson has taken but, ultimately, I think it is the right course of action.
I think Professor Ferguson has taken an appropriate course given the issues of ensuring there is clarity of message on upholding the rules and requirements on social distancing and just why that matters so much in terms of protecting our NHS and saving lives.
It is a matter of regret but that guidance is unequivocal, it is there to protect all of us.”