Saturday, February 28, 2009

United Kingdom Protects Science Budget

 
From NatureNews: Brown pledges to protect science during downturn.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would not let science "become a victim of the recession" in a speech today at the University of Oxford.

Speaking to an invited audience, Brown said he would defend investment in science by maintaining the ring fence around the science budget, so that it cannot be raided to prop up other areas competing for public funds such as the health service and industry.

He signalled his aim for Britain to move away from an economy "heavily centred" on financial services and towards one focused on science.

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Responding to Brown's speech, Nick Dusic, director of the Campaign for Science & Engineering in the UK (CaSE), a London-based lobby group says, "The prime minister is absolutely right that now is the time to show the world the UK is the place to do science. Unfortunately he needed to go further today in his commitments because other countries are raising the bar by making science and engineering central to their economic recovery."

Dusic added that just maintaining current spending commitments will mean that Britain loses ground against countries, like the United States, that are giving science a huge boost within their stimulus packages.
Meanwhile, Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party are cutting the budgets of the major granting agencies in Canada.

How stupid is that?


4 comments :

  1. The same happened in Romania.

    They doubled the funds for churches and reduced the funds for research by 70%. Yes, t'is election year.

    Just a couple of days ago a retarded senator came on TV and said "atheists are very dangerous people".

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  2. Meanwhile, Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party are cutting the budgets of the major granting agencies in Canada.
    How stupid is that?


    About what you would expect from redneck who likes to bang the law&order drum, and slander dissenters as "soft on crime". The man's true colours as a know-nothing authoritarian become ever more clear.

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  3. Over here in the UK Gordon Brown is not well respected by many, probably most, people.

    He is well known for saying lots of good sounding things, and then actually doing SFA.

    He is also known as a bit of a 'Jonah', cursing everything he touches. We're expecting the Pope to suffer some bad luck real soon, and Oxford University will probably fall into a singularity.

    Youse guys in Canada don't realise how well off you are...

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  4. New slogan for a T-shirt:

    "atheists are not dangerous people"

    Thank you TLP

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