Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Just a simple politician

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced today that the Government Chief Scientific Advisor Professor John Beddington is launching a consultation calling for help in revising the 2005 guidelines on how Government departments obtain and use scientific advice.

This consultation will run parallel to the Science Minister Lord Drayson's exercise undertaken to clarify the "rules of engagement" around scientific advice to the Government, following the Nutt drug re-classification debacle.

Now I wonder - if the outcomes of both reviews are at odds with each other, as is more than likely, which one will dominate in setting the Government's commitment to "evidence-based policy making"?  I suspect the Ministers report will be the preferred option - yet more "policy based evidence making".

Politics is the only profession which makes no minimum educational or experience requirements, and it shows in their decisions and in the very news item announcing this largely symbolic consultation. I quote from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills news item of today:
Notes to editors
  1. The consultation will remain open until 9 February 2009 and details are available at www.berr.gov.uk/files/file53585.pdf. The guidelines were first introduced in 1997 by former government chief scientific advisor Lord May.

Our rather expensive 'skills' department responsible for "creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed" obviously lack the basic skills to get the date for the end of the consultation correct, or insert a working download link (try clicking it).

That's maths and engineering innit? Sorry we're just politicians...


  1. P whenever these skunks start this stuff you know an unreality bubble to fleece you is coming.

    Stalin used evidence based policy to clear the Kulaks.

    wv=frockers. Indeed!

  2. The truth will always be what our rulers say it is regardless of the evidence.

  3. You've got to love the fact that they keep on walking into glass doors though... I normally hate slapstick, but I would pay to watch this - Oh hold on, I do...