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Language, Lies and Irrational Thinking


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David is a retired university teacher and researcher. He lives in Monmouth with his wife Julia and their rescue dog Whipple. He has written extensively on policy and social justice and has acted as a consultant to a number of organisations in the UK and overseas. He has a wide experience of practical policy making and acted as chair of four voluntary bodies in the fields of disability, housing, and environmental protection. He recently retired (2016) as chairman of the board of Centigen FM Ltd. a rapidly expanding Facilities Management company. He is also currently acting as a strategic advisor to ND Metering Solutions, a manufacturing company based in Bradford with operating links around the world. He has contributed to the international literature on inter-generational justice. In retirement he maintains his interest in Philosophy, research and education. He likes cricket and amuses himself by writing dreadful doggerel verse with obvious rhymes and dreadful puns.


This is a brave and timely book. The dark forces of mendacity, deceit and ideological intoxication have a deathly grip on public thought. David Garnett faces them down in careful detail with the weapons of truth, reason and his own steady courage. Fred Inglis, Professor the Universities of Sheffield, Warwick and Princeton.Garnett's masterly dissection of the notion of dysfunctional discourse should be read by anyone wishing to understand how contemporary policy discussions have become so toxic. In my view there is no comparable volume which deals with the issue of decision making in a complex multi-agency environment with simiarl clarity and sophistication. Vauxhall Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bedfordshire and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Suffolk and the North China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai.

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