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‘Bullish Brexitism’ taken by the horns | Letters

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Giles Fraser divides opinion. Alan Knight says diverse expertise is essential, Terry Leary explains why people voted leave, Oliver Morrissey talks about new trade agreements, while Dr Nathan Johnstone disapproves of sneeringI have no brief for AC Grayling (or John Stuart Mill – a complete red herring), but Giles Fraser’s latest bit of bullish “man-of-the-people” Brexitism is simple-minded (Loose canon, 22 September). He’s right that we would want a heart surgeon to perform heart surgery; or a competent car mechanic to fix the gearbox; or a reliable solicitor if the surgeon – or the mechanic – screwed up. But the decision to go ahead – with the operation, repair or law suit – is down to the individual who has – we hope – taken the relevant expert advice. When it comes to political decisions – especially (as we now, belatedly, realise) fiendishly complicated decisions like Brexit – diverse expertise (economic, financial, political, diplomatic) is again essential in order to inform the individual. But, like Fraser’s own arguments, the 2016 referendum campaign was couched in vague, disingenuous and dogmatic terms. Slogans (“take back control”) and lies (?350m a week for the NHS) drowned out reasoned and informed (ie expert) arguments. So the voter voted in a cognitive vacuum, on the basis of prejudices and hunches rather than detailed empirical data. Maybe all elections are, to some extent, like that; but referendums which, as in this case, may determine the course of a country for decades, on the basis of a narrowly split decision, are particularly dangerous. Presumably the Rev Fraser would welcome similar exercises in “direct democracy” relating to immigration, capital punishment, prison sentencing policy, or foreign aid – the “experts”, meantime, suitably silenced and sneered at?Alan KnightEmeritus professor of history, Oxford University• Giles Fraser’s excellent article has one inaccuracy. It is not true to say that “the majority of those who voted on 23 June 2016 disagreed with him about the UK being a part of the European Union”. As research has shown, the majority voted leave for many reasons but rarely because they wanted the UK to leave the EU. Their reasons ranged from xenophobia, dislike of the London liberal elite, through anti-austerity to Labour party voters who were simply voting against David Cameron. Not forgetting otherwise staunch Europhile socialists who voted leave in the hope that it would cause the Conservative party to irreversibly fracture – a hope that Boris Johnson continues to feed.Terry LearyRugby, Warwickshire Continue reading...

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