assert the opposite

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by one reviewer as looking like a Werther's Original granddad The value of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats in our national life lies precisely in our ability to find out what they are saying on any issue, so that we may then confidently assert the opposite.
Shoemaker takes issue both with scholars who assert that men and women lived and worked in completely separate spheres and with those who assert the opposite, namely that women were intimately involved in the public activities of their husbands and fathers.