Plausible sounding experts
Sir - Brendan O'Connor complains about marketing experts having too much influence over our Government (The country is being run by "experts" full of guff, Sunday Independent, October 29). This is no doubt the case, but it is hardly a new problem.
Plausible sounding people have been making a comfortable living presenting themselves as experts for millennia. Their subtlety and adaptability is as irresistible as it is timeless.
The problem is a central theme in Gorgias, the dialogue which was written by Plato nearly 2,500 years ago.