13 Nov Experts limited by bias.
For the pollsters, pundits and political commentators to call an outcome wrong once is a mistake, twice unfortunate but three times in quick succession for some of the biggest political events in the world has to be failure on a grand scale.
And rather than saying it was the unpredictability of the public and an outcome that couldn’t be foreseen, blaming others or the impossibility of the situation, it’s time these pollsters, pundits and commentators looked at themselves and asked ‘how did we get it so wrong, why are we so out of touch?’ Is it to do with our questions, could it be our attitudes or do we dismiss what we don’t want to hear?
I’d say the answers lurk somewhere in the questions above, significantly in the ‘not wanting to hear’ and by not wanting to hear they ignored the sentiments that would have given the clues to the outcomes. Which other business could get away with not listening to its key stakeholders or customers and then blame them for their choices? None cos they’d go bang!
Interestingly, questions are only now being asked of this group. Have they become too cosy, guilty of group think, hence blindsided by the world beyond SW1? ……Have they become experts, limited by bias?
As I see it, the people never gave up on experts, these experts gave up on the people. And it’s not that experts can’t be trusted, only the ones who can’t see beyond their own world, so preventing them giving an expert opinion. That’s a very different reason for saying people don’t trust experts. They do, just not biased ones who skew their results.