Raab has got to be up there too in that contest… (2018: Dominic Raab has come under fire for saying he “hadn’t quite understood” how reliant UK trade in goods is on the Dover-Calais crossing.
All this proudly-displayed stupidity could be an act of course, could be a calculated master plan. IMO, it’s a populist rhetoric they’ve espoused from Day 1 (from the beg. of the Brexit campaign) to maximise the appeal to their target electorate and Leavers.
The disdain for anyone resembling an “expert”, has long been foregrounded as a strategy by the Tories, makes them appear less “hors sol” (disconnected from the grassroots) as the French say, (eg Gove, 2017: “Who needs experts? The people of this country have had enough of experts.”) Appearing dumb has clearly been part of the plan for the Tories, pandering to the lowest common denominator is a successful tried and tested strategy.
Whoring out to ignorance and prejudice is popular the world over and is often a winner. As the late über-cynic politician Georges Frêche once said: “ Only 5 or 6% of French people are intelligent so I campaign for the idiots ."
Or the US version, with Adlai Stevenson II, who, in a political rally, replied the following to a woman who said to him: “Governor Stevenson, you have the vote of every thinking American!”:
“Yes, but I need a majority .”