Both the constructive disagreement intrinsic to science and the adversarial scrutiny necessary to politics disappear in this invocation of science as the ultimate authority – this trick will become familiar in the coming months. An extraordinary emergency requires extraordinary powers; no one disagrees with that. But it is politics, not science, which grants these powers legitimacy. How long will they endure?
Today’s Business Day carries an interesting opinion piece on defamation and the Ronald Suresh Roberts case. It makes some of the same points made on this Blog last week. So far no one has stepped forward to defend Mr Roberts or to attack the judge. Why not?BACK TO TOP