A politician’s point collapsed in ruins when he invoked Roman history – 8 epic takedowns

Douglas Carswell was a Conservative MP who defected to UKIP, before going Independent, then losing his seat. It’s that age-old story we know so well.

Although he has a degree in History, he probably could have done a little more research before taking this stab at the principle of a Universal Basic Income.

Well-known expert on that era in history, Mary Beard, immediately pulled him up on his bad take.

She wasn’t the only one.

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People rubbished his understanding of the specific incident.

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And his grasp of the wider history of the Roman Empire.

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But, mostly, they weren’t at all on board with his logic that a thing that had failed in the distant past might not be more effective in the very different circumstances of modern society.

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It isn’t the first time he’s failed to do the required reading.

For future reference, we should all take note of this.

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