Experts Debate (Online)

  • Event Start: 28th January 2021, 7:00pm
  • Event Type:

This House Has Had Enough of Experts

Michael Gove's infamous quip during the Brexit referendum summed up the mood of many who felt disenfranchised by seemingly endless doomsday economic forecasts that never come to fruition.  The conversation surrounding the role of experts in decision making has once more been thrust to the forefront of public debate as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Have the so-called experts lost their credibility and the people's confidence, or should we look to the technocrats, not the politicians, to lead us out of this crisis and into the coming decade?

Speakers in Proposition:

  • Henry Mance  :  The FT's chief features writer.  He writes features and interviews for the FT Weekend, as well as a weekly satirical column on politics and culture
  • Tom Harwood  :  He is the senior reporter for the political news website Guido Fawkes and was previously the national chair of 'Students for Britain'
  • Dehenna Davison  :  The first Conservative to be the Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland.  She is a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, a member of the European Research Group, and is also on the steering committee of the China Research Group

Speakers in Opposition:

  • Ben Page  :  Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI, one of the best-known survey organisations in the UK, carrying out research studies in the areas of social and public policy
  • Jonathan Portes  :  Served as Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2011, leading the Cabinet Office's economic analysis and economic policy work during the financial crisis and on the G20 London Summit in April 2009
  • Dolly Theis  :  Part of the NIHR School for Public Health Research, her research centres around the government policymaking process in relation to public health policy and how epidemiological evidence is used by policymakers to make policy decisions

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