Now that we have finally seen that Ben is his daddy’s son:
We can begin to piece together where the wonderkid might have come from.
He appeared fully grown in 2003, already an opinion-former. His piece defending the MMR vaccine (MMR: Never mind the facts) promptly won the coveted Association of British Science Writers award for best feature article of 2003. Coincidentally (!) this award is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, a major MMR vaccine manufacturer.
As the Conchrane review states,
“The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre- and post-marketing, are largely inadequate. The evidence of adverse events following immunisation with MMR cannot be separated from its role in preventing the target diseases.”
It’s good to see Ben has taken Goebbels advice to heart,
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”