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The age of experts

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Poor experts – they can’t seem to catch a break. In 2016 Michael Gove famously stuck the boot in, and more recently Labour’s very own fan of do-it-yourself government Richard Burgeon told Andrew Marr that the ‘age of experts is over’. But for those of us who still think that having expertise is still more useful than ‘reckoning’ something, today’s news was very concerning.

The devastating headline on the BBC reads: ‘Brexit will make UK worse off, government forecasts warn’. Chancellor Philip Hammond has defended the deal despite his own government’s forecasts, saying that it combines the economic benefits of being in the European Union, with the political benefits of leaving it.

One can only assume this doesn’t include the economic benefit of, err, making our economy better, and the political benefit of, err, having a say over our own trade rules.

It was also an exciting day on the Brexit front for those of us in the Labour party who still want to avert this economic catastrophe. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told Laura Kuenssberg that a People’s Vote is ‘inevitable’ if Labour can’t force a general election, which interestingly, appeared to conflict with a statement given by Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesperson.

Two things are clear: the party establishment is divided, and our pressure is working. If you want to keep the pressure on, head over to LabourSay and give what you can.

-Stefan Rollnick, editorial assistant

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