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Sir David King : Chair of the Independent SAGE

Sir David King is an extremely distinguished scientist: an emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) (2000-2007), Fellow of the Royal Society, Chair of the Centre for Climate Repair, Cambridge , and much more besides.

Of particular recent importance, he serves as the Chair for the Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (indie_SAGE). Indie_SAGE was set up in reaction to the controversy surrounding the Governments own SAGE panel, especially concerns surrounding the secrecy and lack of transparency of advice despite the Government's own claims they are "following the science". In their own words, "The aim of the Independent SAGE was and is to provide robust, independent advice to HM Government with the purpose of helping the UK navigate COVID-19 whilst minimising fatalities."

SfL had the great honour of speaking with Sir David in a wide ranging discussion, covering his time as CSA to previous governments, the work of the independent SAGE, and the need for an emergency public inquiry into the government's response to the pandemic.

The full discussion can be viewed below. We're extremely grateful to Sir David and to all who attended!

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