See where Dame Deirdre Hine places the blame, fair;y and squarely on Government
https://www.ft.com/content/1e390ac6-7e2 ... c06edeef84
She did, however, warn about Sage putting too much weight on the “academic scientific viewpoint — the modelling activity — to the exclusion of views from those involved in operational epidemiology”, such as public health experts and people in the clinical front line. She also urged the government to make sure its response was flexible because future pandemics would not spread evenly but would be concentrated in certain “hotspots”. This argued against a single response.
When you repeatedly get bombarded by Boris on "world-class scientists' It begins to feel like Marc Anthony's speech in Julius Caeser when he repeatedly says "Brutus is an honourable man?. Too many WWII analogies for my liking, You are only as good as your next project.