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We are living in strange times. Once there was a time when logic, facts and science were considered indisputable. Those days are now a distant memory.
The rise of the far right, the ascension of Donald Trump and the arguments around Brexit have seen fact and fiction blur in a manner rarely seen outside of a Charlie Kaufman screenplay.
Roger Helmer might just be the maharaja of misinformation. The politician, businessman and ardent Brexiteer was a Member of the European Parliament until 2017.
He resigned, amid allegations of misuse of public funds, and what did he claim were his reasons for the decision? Age and health, of course.
Not for the first time, Helmer has entered a battle of wits unarmed and decided to pour scorn on Sir Paul Nurse, a Nobel Prize winner generally considered one of the greatest living scientists.
Tweeting from his account, @RogerHelmerMEP (a handle as out of date as his opinions), the Brexiteer wrote:
Prof Paul Nurse is saying that scientists see Brexit as “turning our backs not just on Europe, but on the world”.He fears loss of funding and of visiting experts. He is exactly and diametrically wrong.As my old Mother used to say, “You intelligent people have no Common Sense”.
Prof Paul Nurse is saying that scientists see Brexit as “turning our backs not just on Europe, but on the world”.
He fears loss of funding and of visiting experts. He is exactly and diametrically wrong.
As my old Mother used to say, “You intelligent people have no Common Sense”.
It’s almost a microcosm of everything that is currently wrong with political discourse. Rather than listen to experts or facts, Helmer instead prefers the homespun wisdom of his late mother.
In the words of Stewart Lee, “Well, you can prove anything with facts, can't you.” At this point, there’s no need to even bother with those apparently.
Prof Paul Nurse is saying that scientists see Brexit as “turning our backs not just on Europe, but on the world”. H… https://t.co/X1PkxGNYkG — Roger Helmer (@Roger Helmer)
@RogerHelmerMEP An expert on health versus a career politician looking for ways to feather his own nest.....who to believe ? — Jamie Whiteford 💙 (@Jamie Whiteford 💙)
@RogerHelmerMEP Don’t blame your old mother for your own moral and intellectual failings, Rog. She can’t answer back — MichaelWhite (@MichaelWhite)
@RogerHelmerMEP Yeah, to hell with funding scientific advancement - right Roger? — Graham Lithgow (@Graham Lithgow)
@RogerHelmerMEP A wonderful exhibition of cognitive dissonance. Firms, scientists, research fellows, grants are pil… https://t.co/YTo7X9vNAP — Mike Harding #RejoinEU (@Mike Harding #RejoinEU)
@RogerHelmerMEP You are wrong. I worked on shared EU research projects for 14 years. They take the best from across… https://t.co/XHGuJ17Pzw — Danceywoman (@Danceywoman)
HT The Poke
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