I'm referring specifically to Gupta, who via public statements started making blanket claims about economics and mental health way outside of the scope of her study, which was modelling best case scenario infection rates for the UK. This was going on last year. She is not an economist nor a mental health expert, and had not based those statements on data.Don't confuse science & scientists with the parasites of politics & the bureaucracy who pollute the discipline with their deviousness.
The panel I went to some years ago that I was referring to was definitely not anything to do with politics and bureaucracy. It was a convention of sports scientists and ego certainly got the better of one panellist there when he thought he could step outside of his area of expertise unchecked. And it was only a small step.
The scientific method is theoretically foolproof but the human error comes in with the scientists. Gupta does great work on infection rates, but if she wants to start talking economics then she better conduct a study and submit it for peer review by economists. I was just making the comment on the scientific method, that it works when people stick within their knowledge...but occasionally ego does take over and biases creep in and then you get a scientist on a panel trying to explain to another scientist on the same panel a position which he clearly had more idea about than the lay person, but not his expert peer. While we all sit there cringing as the man's ego wouldn't let him concede that he'd wandered too far from home.