Neil Ferguson Claims All Other Scientists are 'Conspiracy Theorists' if They Question His Model

Neil Ferguson 'what a cunt'

SAGE's lead epidemiological modeller Neil Ferguson believes his work is brilliant, and anyone who dares question it, or him, are 'conspiracy theorists'. Is that how scientists behave now?

The latest narcissistic outburst from Neil Ferguson comes in response to an article written by a scientist for Lockdown Sceptics. Derek Wilton's article reports on Ferguson's original Imperial Model and its role in the UK’s Pandemic Response. Wilton focused on how accurate the model was, highlighting things such as it predicting up to half a million deaths in the UK, the lack of any peer review and the fact that, the data model didn't work as the code was faulty. These are all provable facts about the imperial model. no more, no less.

Read the entire article here:

Ferguson himself admitted as much when he tweeted:

A reader of Lockdown Sceptics duly sent Ferguson a link to the article and Ferguson, annoyed by anyone daring to challenge his 'superior intellect', had what can only be described as 'narcissistic outburst'. He replied to the reader who'd sent him the link with the most astonishing email, now reproduced here:

Dear XXXX,

I presume you sent me this because you feel upset, angry, that no-one is listening, want to hurt me or change my mind. Or all of the above.

I and my colleagues and friends (John Edmunds, Jeremy Farrar, Marc Lipsitch, Christian Drosten, Patrick Vallance, Chris Whitty,…) get so many of these sort of emails that we barely notice anymore. Most get dumped into junk mail folders automatically nowadays.

But for a change, I thought I would reply to you. Not that I really expect it to change the alternative reality you seem to have got sucked into, but occasionally I feel I should try.

To start with may [sic] want to read this:

And ask yourself if a loved one started to exhibit those behaviours, would you be worried?

As to the article you refer to, it recycles the same old, same old misinformation. You may be surprised to learn that the Telegraph and Spectator have published over a dozen corrections in response to complaints from Imperial College about inaccurate articles. For instance, no-one ran the Imperial model for Sweden (other than us).

More substantively, the government never relied on just one model. The models written by LSHTM, Warwick University and Institut Pasteur Paris all agreed with “the” Imperial model. All used different code bases. And in fact, there was never “one” Imperial model, but several. We now have 4 different COVID models, again which all agree.