Conflict of interest row as it emerges Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance has £600,000 of shares in vaccine maker contracted to make UK's coronavirus jabs
See my previous blog post for info on Sir Pat's connections with the chemical industry. His mate, Sir Alan Penn, is also a Chief Scientific Advisor and fellow SAGE member. See my Grenfell Tower Fire page for information on how Penn has been blocking inquiries into the role flame retardants played in the Grenfell fire.
I work with a lot of people who are trying to get the government to do the right thing by way of the environment and public health, across a variety of government departments. They have all found the same corrupt systems in place, whereby scientific advisors are being well rewarded for ensuring that government policies and laws support business needs.
Similarly, it won't surprise anyone to learn that Sir Ken Knight has just been appointed Chair of a new committee comprising the Chairs of all relevant committees at the British Standards Institute which will have overall say on fire safety standards, including Grenfell. This followed me and colleagues exposing the Department of Business's intention to set up a panel of "experts" to control the future of the Furniture Regulations comprised almost entirely of flame retardant supporters. They've clearly "upped" this function to the new BSI committee where Sir Ken - long-time paid puppet of the FR industry - can ensure that nothing changes.
Sir Pat has not of course been punished in any way for this clear conflict of interests, despite Matt Hancock declaring that he knew nothing about it until he saw it in the papers. So it goes.