Wednesday, 7 June 2017

A year ago today Michael Gove made this comment “I think people in this country have had enough of experts!

A year ago today Michael Gove made this comment

“I think people in this country have had enough of experts!” - that's what Michael Gove said a year ago. 


Really? So no more expert opinion on the economy or NHS? Dismiss those health professionals, research scientists, economic bodies, etc? If not experts - then in whom should we put our faith for reliable information and an informed debate? Politicians? Trust yer gut? To suggest that independent experts are bought out or have vested interests other than caring about our country is deeply demeaning. It's the standard playbook of the demagogue to dismiss first the universities, academics, learned bodies. Most pertinently with the NHS's future - we see a Vote Leave campaign hijacking this area and pulling public opinion far out of line with what the health professionals say. Slogans beat measured experience. Is this what guides our policy?

Gove would have us listen to experts less and his own spin more - even though the small political elite are already dominating the broadcast media with claim and counter-claim. The public are not getting at rational balanced debate from those who know what they are talking about... It is to the detriment of debate, our national reputation and our country's future.

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