It appears that the P.O.P. aka the legendary “Power of the Pussy” led to a UK scientist losing his job after he broke quarantine and allowed his married lover to come to his home. In an exclusive story, the UK Telegraph is reporting:
Professor Neil Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The woman lives with her husband and their children in another house.
According to a report by BBC News the apparently lovesick scientist accepted responsibility for his actions:
In a statement, Prof Ferguson said: “I accept I made an error of judgement and took the wrong course of action.
“I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in Sage (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies).
“I acted in the belief that I was immune, having tested positive for coronavirus and completely isolated myself for almost two weeks after developing symptoms.
“I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing.”
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. According to the BBC story:
Last month, Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood also resigned after it was revealed she had broke lockdown rules by making two trips to her second home.
It’s clear that in neither case was anyone accepting the “Do as I say, not as I do” policy. In Dr. Ferguson’s case, there were questions of hypocrisy as Ferguson helped the UK implement its social distancing policy. According to CNN.com:
Professor Neil Ferguson, who is based at Imperial College in London, is one of the architects of the UK government stay-at-home strategy and was a prominent member of Britain’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) which has been spearheading the coronavirus response.The Telegraph reported Tuesday that a woman had visited his home twice despite social distancing guidelines.
It’s unfortunate that Dr. Ferguson seems to have given in to the P.O.P. but he’s certainly not the first individual to do so.