What none of his critics ever want to do is attempt what he attempted, and find the cause of the massive increase in autism. The handling of the MMR dispute showed the government at its most authoritarian, taking steps to strike off doctors who offered single vaccines and attempting to stop the single vaccines coming into the country, trying and failing to browbeat parents into do what they were told. As the article indicates the government failed.
The fate of Andrew Wakefield is mirrored time and again in the lives of respected scientists and doctors who step out of line by publishing evidence and research that goes against what the priests of orthodoxy want. Such inquisitional behaviour represents an attack on progress, by making it virtually possible to raise controversial issues without losing one's job.