Allegory (n.)
A story, poem or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
 
Back in the 1980s a number of vehicle models were released with digital displays. Sales people told the gullible that ‘digital readout is more accurate than analog’. This is demonstrably false; a digital display may be easier to read than an analog one. It can also be more distracting. My vehicle has a choice of two types of analog display and one digital, with each offering a variety of peripheral information and colours. Go figure...
 
Allegedly (adv.)
Used to convey that something is claimed to be the case or have taken place, although there is no proof.
 
A friend of mine, a Barrister and Solicitor at an International law firm told me this bon mot: In a court case, opposing counsel stood and addressed the Bench thus: 
Several allegations have been made against my client. I demand to know who the alligator [sic.] is.

Sigmund (Sigismund) Freud himself was not always right; ask Martha Bernays. 😂 Well she’s dead too.As is Carl Jung. *

I concede that John Gilbert may well have been a drinking buddy of these three, long - deceased experts.

 
 
 
 

From ‘The Media’

As notable as the fracture among governments, is the very public division between health experts

Experts are renowned for quoting Opinion as FACT by the way. 😁 ‘Expert Opinion’ is an oxymoron.

We saw this on schools, where Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton took a much more conservative position than others.

While Dr Young and WA Chief Health Officer Andrew Robertson were adamant this week on keeping their respective borders shut for the time being, federal Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said "from a medical point of view, I can't see why the borders are still closed". (Mr McGowan, WA State Premier, had earlier said: "I don't know who Paul Kelly is — clearly not the singer".)

Dr Kelly said neither the National Cabinet nor the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (that advises it) had made decisions or given advice on state borders. Decisions on what to do were entirely up to the states.

Both Dr Young and Dr Robertson are on the AHPPC, which is described as a "consensus body". "We talked through these matters and we decided not to have a position on borders," Dr Kelly explained.

While it has been welcome in this crisis to see the politicians turning to the experts, we are now being sharply reminded experts can differ. [Surprise, surprise].

How often have we heard from politicians in recent weeks, "We are relying on the medical advice"? But that doesn't always lead in one direction, and "consensus" can be a useful concealer.

Is ‘expert advice’ a matter of geography? Worthy of a thesis.

 

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