I thought Junican made a good point is the comments:
“The politicians change and play musical chairs, but the medical ‘experts’ continue in office. They are the real government.”
It’s not just that politicians come and go, but even when they’re in office, they don’t call the shots – as was highlighted in Chris Snowdon’s current post, in which Anna Soubry, the public health minister, is heard to say, in answer to a question about e-cigarettes:
“I could not say that I do or do not because I do not have the requisite
knowledge, skill and expertise to say so.”
Clearly this minister has no views of her own, and will take advice from the relevant ‘experts’, and so will act as a mere rubber stamp for whatever they decide.
And this no doubt applies in most/all fields of government. The experts have taken over. They are indeed the real government, because MPs and ministers have effectively ceded governmental powers to unelected experts. The same applieswith the EU, which is forever acquiring new ‘competences’ from elected governments.
In addition, I read a while back that most MPs lack any science qualifications, and this will mean that MPs will have no way of knowing whether the advice they’re being given by the experts is honest, genuine science. Most of them are lawyers, I gather.
Furthermore, they will probably be utterly baffled by the statistical sleight-of-hand regularly employed by Tobacco Control to ‘prove’ whatever they want to prove, and by the IPCC’s computer climate simulation models, and by NASA’s orbital simulation models, and by more or less anything else that uses numbers or mathematics. Unable to think for themselves or judge for themselves, they place blind trust in ‘experts’ of every kind.
For the trusted ‘experts’, the temptation appears to have been too great to ‘blind everyone with science’, and advance their own agendas. And since there do not appear to be any qualifications needed to become one of these ‘experts’, apart from knowing the right people, and having the right set of opinions, becoming an ‘expert’ is the high road to power and influence (and most likely wealth too).
It’s not just the MPs. Everyone seems to trust experts. Quite how they judge them trustworthy, I don’t know. Perhaps it’s the cut of their suits or the colour of their ties that sends the message of re-assurance.
It’s a situation not essentially different from Christianity prior to the Reformation, when only the educated clergy could read and write Latin, and so only they could interpret the Bible.
It’s all the worse because most of the scientists and mathematicians who would be able to call these self-styled ‘experts’ to account have university jobs that they are likely to lose if they blow the whistle, with the result that it’s only after they have retired that they can speak out. By which time, one may suppose that quite a few of them are either dead or disabled.
Furthermore, the universities look after their own, as could be witnessed during the Climategate scandal, when the universities conducted a number of enquiries, all of which whitewashed the participants of all blame.
It is a perfect circumstance for corrupt science or politicised science to multiply unchecked. And the result will inevitably be worse and worse science, and worse and worse policies being adopted. This will continue until the ‘experts’ make a hideous mess of everything, and are completely discredited. Unfortunately, this will not be before considerable sufferings have been endured.