Arron Banks, multi-millionaire UKIP backer and co-founder of the Leave.EU pro-Brexit campaign, has been telling historians what *really* caused the fall of the Roman empire. It was immigration, he says:
This caused things to kick off a little. Averil Cameron, a professor of antique and Byzantine history at Keble College, Oxford, pointed out that this was, not to put to fine a point on it, wrong:
And everyone's favourite TV historian, the Cambridge classicist Mary Beard – author of the critically acclaimed Roman history book SPQR – weighed in, RT-ing Cameron's tweet.
At this point Banks, realising he was going against the weight of expert opinion, gracefully acknowledged that the two women he was arguing against probably knew more than he did about the subject they had dedicated their lives to, and withdrew from the conversation.
Because he is a grown-up.
Lol, jk. Obviously he doubled down.
Because Cameron and Beard might have the fancy book-learning, but Banks did history at O-level!
Remember, experts don't know anything, and opinions are just as good as facts and much easier to get hold of!
Beard and Cameron tried vainly to hold back this unstoppable tide of truth.
But it was to no avail. Banks, possibly assisted by his colleague Professor Google, stood firm.
Nevertheless, some people were unconvinced.
(In fairness to Banks, he was a pretty good sport about it, and RT'd quite a few of the tweets mocking him.)
He's not the first senior UKIP figure to strike back against the tyranny of people who have read books. In September the party's only MP, Douglas Carswell, took it upon himself to explain to scientists what *really* causes tides.
It just goes to show that people in this country really have had enough of experts.
Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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