Not-So-Independent, Activist-Stuffed Shadow SAGE

The self-styled, self-appointed ‘alternative SAGE’ shadow committee will hold their first press conference shortly. In not-so-surprising news this publicity savvy committee is made up of hyper-political scientists, many of whom have a grudge to bear against the government. Among its membership are actual communists, Labour Party donors, activists, Corbynistas, “anti-Zionists”, Brexit conspiracy theorists and even a former Greek MP. Guido brings you an extraordinary rundown of eight members of the twelve strong committee here…

Chair: Sir David King

  • Disastrously advised Blair and Brown to promote diesel cars
  • Lost his job as the Government’s Special Representative for Climate Change under Boris as Foreign secretary. Subsequently emerged as a leading critic of Boris
  • Promoted the conspiracy theory that Boris and Brexit are ‘alt right’
  • Complained that the Conservative Government didn’t put him on the media enough with regards to climate change, telling the Guardian “It was absurd. Here was Britain doing more than almost the rest of the world put together on this issue and I’m kept off the public airwaves”
  • Pushed for a second EU referendum

Professor Susan Michie

  • Member of the British Communist Party of 40 years
  • Donated £14,000 to the Labour Party under Corbyn
  • Wife of former Corbyn SpAd Andrew Murray
  • Mother of Labour’s Head of Complaints Laura Murray

Dr Zubaida Haque

  • Claimed Labour antisemitism stories were ‘weaponised religion’ being stoked by “Steve Bannon politics
  • Called the government a “far-right Conservative govt.”
  • Defended Shamima Begum’s citizenship
  • Fabian Society writer

Professor Elias Mossialos

  • Greek MP for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) (2009-2012)
  • Former State Minister and Government Spokesman in George Papandreou’s cabinet
  • Authored “Leaving the EU poses ‘critical threat’ to NHS” paper
  • Former head of EKON, Rigas Feraios, the Greek Communist Youth

Professor Gabriel Scally

  • Labour activist
  • Donated thousands to Labour
  • Labour policy adviser
  • member of Labour policy forum

Professor Christina Pagel

Professor Allyson Pollock

  • Author of a conspiracy book “NHS plc: The Privatisation of Our Health Care”
  • President of the Socialist Health Association
  • Senior trade unionist
  • Campaigned for a ban on tackling in school rugby matches
  • Multiple attacks on Tories on social media
  • Claimed Brexit “will axe the right to health”
  • Vocal Corbyn supporter, called Blairite MPs “bullying”, “backstabbing” and “undemocratic”
  • Wants to nationalise old people’s homes

Professor Martin McKee

Professor Anthony Costello

Guido looks forward to this political committee’s ‘impartial’ advice…

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Newsnight Public Health Expert is Labour Donor

Last night’s Newsnight featured public health physician Professor Gabriel Scally slamming the last decade of Tory rule, saying “The resilience has been stripped systematically out of the system… If you make the system as lean and emaciated as it is there will not be the public health staff there… you can’t magic them up out of nowhere”

While Christopher Snowdon has already dived into the problem with Professor Scally’s claims on NHS spending and his politics; Guido wondered why Gabriel Scally – whose role as Regional Director of Public Health saw him on over £200,000 a year of taxpayers’ money – might be so keen to attack the government rather than the NHS he’s done so well out of? It came as no surprise to Guido that Newsnight failed to highlight to viewers Professor Scally’s years of Labour donations, activism and affiliations.

It’s all getting very weary now…

UPDATE: Guido asked the BBC if they recognised this incident as a breach of guidelines on informing their audiences of ‘Contributors’ Affiliations’. They have officially declined to comment…

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