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انتقام الخبراء

بيركلي ــ تشكل المناقشة الدائرة حول خروج بريطانيا من الاتحاد الأوروبي مصدر ابتهاج وسرور لا ينتهي لكل من يتمتع بحس الدعابة الساخر القاتم. والتعليق المفضل لدي في هذا السياق جاء على لسان مايكل جوف، وزير البيئة البريطاني الحالي.

قبل الاستفتاء على خروج بريطانيا في يونيو/حزيران 2016 مباشرة، رَفَض جوف، الذي كان وزير العدل في حكومة ديفيد كاميرون في ذلك الوقت، وجهة النظر التي أجمع عليها خبراء الاقتصاد وغيرهم بأن اتخاذ قرار الخروج من الاتحاد الأوروبي من شأنه أن يوقع ضررا شديدا بالاقتصاد البريطاني. فشرح جوف بصبر نافذ: "لقد نال الناس في هذا البلد ما يكفي من الخبراء"، في إشارة إلى "الخبراء من المنظمات التي تتألف أسماؤها من اختصارات، قائلا إنهم يعرفون ما هو الأفضل ولكنهم يسيئون دوما فهم الأمر والتعامل معه".

وقد أشارت الأدلة المبكرة بعد الاستفتاء، بدرجة أدهشت كثيرين ــ أو على الأقل كثيرين من الخبراء ــ إلى أن جوف كان محقا وأنهم كانوا عل خطأ. فلم يحدث في واقع الأمر ركود فوري في المملكة المتحدة بعد التصويت لصالح الخروج؛ بل ولم يحدث حتى أي تباطؤ في النمو.

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