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2 minutes ago, Horrified Onlooker said:

Authors being interviewed on 5 Live now. Very interesting and pertinent.

 

https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/bluffocracy

The flip side of what we have discussed at length on here, the death of expertise. No one wants a real expert as it just shows up the bullshitters for what they are, bullshitters with little or no depth of knowledge 

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20 minutes ago, One percent said:

The flip side of what we have discussed at length on here, the death of expertise. No one wants a real expert as it just shows up the bullshitters for what they are, bullshitters with little or no depth of knowledge 

They laboured the point that the vast majority of MPs are humanities or social science type graduates. Also that the senior ranks of the civil service move between departments regularly. Any expertise is rarely at the levels where policy is made. Those who perform best in the select committees have developed a network of experts that they take advice and suggested questions from.

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18 minutes ago, Horrified Onlooker said:

They laboured the point that the vast majority of MPs are humanities or social science type graduates. Also that the senior ranks of the civil service move between departments regularly. Any expertise is rarely at the levels where policy is made. Those who perform best in the select committees have developed a network of experts that they take advice and suggested questions from.

This assumes that the experts actually have a deep level of expertise. My experience of some of these types who advise (it is admittedly a small group) are the world’s best bullshitters. 

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