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Whitty, Vallance and SAGE: have the scientists failed Britain?

About this ThinkIn

How much of the UK’s atrocious Covid death rate can be solely attributed to political decisions? From the outset, the most senior scientific advisors in the land have had a material influence over the information and its context, the communications and the strategy. “Follow the science” has been used by politicians as a means to instil confidence, but also to buy time and perhaps, in some cases, to defer accountability. While Ministers have felt the heat of the media and public scrutiny, SAGE has remained, stubbornly, in the shadows. Without knowing even who’s on it, their advice is missing crucial context. To what extent are our senior scientific advisors accountable for the UK’s Covid catastrophe?


Matt d’Ancona
Editor and Partner