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Political leaders who jettison facts undermine the very fabric of our democracies and threaten our future, writes Mathew Davies.
In the run-up to Britain’s referendum on the EU, Michael Gove, a key leader in the Brexit camp and the minister for justice in the now almost expired Cameron government, when confronted with fact-based arguments against voting to leave noted that “I think people in this country have had enough of experts”.
Gove did not offer rival facts to back the ultimately successful campaign to leave the EU, perhaps because, in the wake of what appears to be an unexpected victory, the leave campaign have rolled back their promises and sheepishly kept a low profile. With his claim that people are tired of experts and the facts they produce and share, Gove conceded that the facts his rivals had offered were valid, that he had no rival fact-based narrative to counter it and, so, that there was no need to base arguments upon facts.
Read ‘Brexit shows the vandals aren’t at the gates; they’re the ones in power’ by Mathew Davies, published in The Age