I celebrate Doctor David King, South African born Chemist.

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For two months I have watched BBC CNN and SkyNews , daily between 16:00 and 18:00, during the past week, I focus on a SkyNews journalist interviewing Dr. David King, about his opinion on whether the UK Government SAGE group of Consultants are independent of Political interference.

Dr David King St John's / Wits
Dr David King St John’s / Wits

Readers of my publications, will have heard me ask the South African Government for details of who their medical scientists are that advise them, because as a 73 year-old, they have changed the ’cause of death’ scientific  status, completely since the emergence of Coronavirus.

I love a Radio of TV interview, where a journalist anticipates that the person being interviewed, will be supportive of him earning his daily bread, and then finds that the interviewee  is about to ‘break all the media rules’ and go against the propaganda material being distributed.

The journalist does his best to get Dr King to give his support to the media concept that SAGE are independent, and that the SAGE advice given to the UK Government is based on sound scientific principles.

Dr King needs to detour t get to what he wishes to say, and asks to the journalist if he remembers the late 1990s ‘pork’ debacle, the journalist claimed to remember the event, and allowed Dr King to proceed.

“The consultants recommendation, off no scientific basis, influenced by business and the politicians, caused great damage to the UK pork industry, it took years to repair the damage, and today, we have come the ‘full circle’, to where politics tells the scientist what the present scientific model is that they should follow”

(my interpretation of what Dr King  was able to say)

For my South African brothers and sisters, Dr David King was born in South Africa in 1939, and educated at St John’s College, Johannesburg and the University of the Witwatersrand (BSc, PhD).

He was the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and Head of the Government Office for Science from October 2000 to 31 December 2007. 

Science as I know it, science before 2020ac.

Cedric de la Harpe

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