a non sequitur

a non sequitur

a statement which does not seem to be connected with what has just been said 'Have you arranged for us to visit Eileen?' I asked. 'But I thought you were coming by train', said Gwen, in what seemed a complete non sequitur.
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1): There appears to be a non sequitur in the examples given.
And the idea that employment "of the affected workers" will not suffer because the affected wages are only a small part of costs is a non sequitur at best.
This, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, is what as known as a non sequitur.