Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson 'bamboozled' by science, COVID-19 inquiry told
Source: ABC News
Boris Johnson, the former British prime minister, struggled to come to grips with much of the science during the coronavirus pandemic, his chief scientific advisor said Monday.
In keenly awaited testimony to the countrys public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, Patrick Vallance said he and others faced repeated problems getting Johnson to understand the science and that he changed his mind on numerous occasions.
I think Im right in saying that the prime minister gave up science at 15," he said. I think hed be the first to admit it wasnt his forte and that he struggled with the concepts and we did need to repeat them often.
Extracts from Vallace's mostly contemporaneous diary of the time were relayed to the inquiry. In them, he wrote that Johnson was often bamboozled by the graphs and data and that watching him get his head round stats is awful."
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Probably were a few hornswogglers in there too
I'll never understand what part of "It's a contagious disease & we don't know how it's transmitted yet so be cautious" they didn't get? JFC!
gets a country. Why do so many people want to devolve?
they convinced a lot of their idiotic base to trust the opinion of politicians over the advice of doctors and scientists
Sure it started out in large blue cities but it quickly engulfed red states who were less likely to mask and social distance. Disproportionate COVID deaths in those states may have already had an impact in some elections.
Eton and Oxford comes to be so little? Does it really amount to mostly a fee for a sheepskin?
Which is all young Boris cared about (besides standing up for the Apartheid regime).
Boris graduated with an upper 2nd class degree rather than a 1st and he was miffed. I think he grabs things fine but he plays things off as "dumb" in order to avoid making a decision/taking an action because he then would rather obfuscate and claim he was improperly informed etc. rather than having to defend the basis for an action or policy. He sure knows the numbers game when it's about Sterling in the pocket.
Many fine minds come out of those universities and then theres intellectually lazy clods like Dubya, who got in because of his daddy and granddaddy and for all I know his great-granddaddy.
Everyone who goes hopes to make a lifetime of valuable connections but not everyone applies themselves to gaining knowledge as well.
so that the bar would be low when he screws up. That's in contrast to Trump who genuinely is as dumb as he seems.
and they are actually stupid. Ought to be forced to wear dunce caps.
It's a contagious virus. What's so hard about that? If you had the flu, would you go around coughing on your spouse and kids and friends? No? Well, that's one way viruses spread. It isn't that hard.
nicely in the mini-series on Netflix This England. It was a tough watch but included a lot of facts.
He is nearly as dim as W. He's a one-and-a-half trick poney whose art is in dancing before the camera while braying all the right sounding syllables.
He's another knowing Putin stooge who sold Britain and NATO out.
Who was completely flummoxed by science, thought he knew more than those educated in the disclipines of medicine and science, and suggested bleach or bright light as a treatment for COVID.