Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Irony meter is off the scale 3

Everyone in a democracy is entitled to their opinion, even if it disagrees with that of an expert.

Experts get things wrong too, sometimes.

I did find it a little surprising when Michael Gove appeared to make a positive virtue out of claiming to know more about science than Stephen Hawking and the great majority of Britain's most distinguished scientists, more about economics than the vast majority of our most distinguished economists (including the ones who never supported the Euro) and more than most experts in several other fields when he said

"People in this country have had enough of experts."

Since the Referendum his wife Sarah Vine has turned this round 180 degrees: as you can read here she has asked on social media for

"clever people"

to make

"this a positive moment for the country by offering to lend advice and expertise."

That's presumably to write a Brexit plan like the one that the Leave Alliance bothered to publish but the official leave campaign does not appear to have.

I'm not sure whether the irony was deliberate or not.

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