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Recipe for corruption

I am oh so very wonderful I deserve loadsa money, all from the those idiot taxpayer schmucks.

Oh, and loadsa money for me friends too, but no one else.

Isn’t the closed shop wunnerful?

Someone did something great once, so lets pay em a lot of money in the future and starve out the the up and coming lads and lasses, you know, the competition.

Now that’ll do absolutely fucking wonders for the future of British science, won’t it?


  1. Jay Thomas says:

    Not just a recipe for corruption, but typically hubristic lefty bullshit. The entire notion is based on the narcissistic conceit that government commitees have some special insight that uniquely qualifies them to pick winners/identify excellence. In fact the history of the twentieth century is proof that they don’t. DON’T let politicos pick winners. It NEVER ends well.

  2. Bod says:

    It’s far easier to sit 150 carefully vetted ‘Scientific Experts’ down in a room and get them to come up with a plausible ‘Expert Opinion’ on why those gas chambers are such a good idea.

  3. Steve says:

    Hmmm. This is akin to saying you should only buy lottery tickets with the winning numbers on them. Great idea, but tends to not work as planned.

    Anyways, while it has been said that experiments are about proving or disproving a notion (e.g my preconceived idea is either right or wrong) i thought that there had been enough evidence over the years of people discovering things either they didn’t expect, or gaining an unexpected insight they had not foreseen.

    But, maybe we should cut out that sort of thing.

  4. Peter MacFarlane says:

    Yes, we really are back in the 1970′s – the government is going to “pick winners”.

    It needs but a reference to the “white heat of technology” and it’ll all come rushing back…the strikes, the black telephones, the Austin Allegro, the three-day week. Yes!

    Oh, and needless to say, all those approved scientists who can really “move the needle”, will turn out to be totally on-message with regard to Global Warming.

    Can we abolish the Royal Society yet? Or make it pay its way somehow? No?

  5. CountingCats says:

    Royal Society is a private body. It can do as it likes, including destroy all reason to respect it.

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