8 comments on “That coppery, niobiummy, scandiummy stuff

  1. I am not sure I warm to Gove, but there is no denying that he is more likely to be right than any half dozen talking heads on TV.

    And he has earned his opinions. He has thought about them. He defends them in the face of opposition – even from his own side.

    Ritchie is just a fatuous idiot. Like Rusty. But less foul mouthed.

  2. It’s also nice to see people misunderstanding what Gove said. It’s not quite to the level of the sainted Margaret and “society”, but it certainly gets a regular airing amongst the ignoranti.

    As the”experts” have, to date, been singularly wrong about the economic effects of Brexit and the Trumpocalypse, I think Gove’s comment related to expert predictions about the catastrophe(s) that Brexit would bring has been entirely justified by subsequent events.

  3. I thought the mocking of his comment on experts was truly stupid. I have never seen a litigation where the hired experts did not support the side paying them. Even in the field of medicine – often used as an example – I have seen plenty of doctors recommending procedures that would get them a nice fee and yet another doctor is aghast at the risk/reward from the procedure.

  4. The lawyers who employed me as an expert witness firmly pointed out that I was to give my disinterested opinion to the court. In particular I was not to behave like an American “expert witness”, at least as portrayed by Hollywood or the telly.

  5. But there is a difference in being an expert giving your opinion about things that had or hadn’t happened. As opposed to things that might or might not happened.

    And many expert domains are more reliably predictable than macro-economics.

  6. A quick reminder of what Gove said:
    “I think that the people of this country have had enough of experts from organisations with acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong,”
    What Snippa heard due to Faisal Islam speaking over him:
    “the people of this country have had enough of experts”

  7. What Snippa heard

    Not just our particular bête noire. It is the consistent, driven leftist meme about how stupid Gove is.

    Wrong, but they were wrong about Maggie and society as well. Still, let’s not bring facts in to an agreement about how evil Tories are.

  8. isp, I have seen many contested cases in court in which experts have disagreed with the side paying them.

    In fact I can think of only one probably dodgy expert. He was a bit obliging, it’s true. There was another who was obliging, but that was because he was either dopey or lacked a spine. Under cross-examination, he came up to scratch and, I suspect, learned a lesson in the process.

    Thing is, in England, experts in court have an overriding duty to the court. In my experience, it works.

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