It’s time to show some audacity

UK“As world leaders gather in London’s Docklands this week for the G20 Summit, the US and the UK will stand in stark contrast in their backing of research to kick-start their economies. Barack Obama, who moved swiftly to distance himself from George W. Bush’s Presidency by promising to ‘restore science to its rightful place’, has earmarked $21 billion (£15 billion) for science as part of his economic stimulus package to ensure future prosperity. Here in Britain, Gordon Brown has also pledged his faith in science, but the chances of a similar package for the UK look slim. The message from Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, has been one of caution on further spending because of the scale of the country’s fiscal deficit. And the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, John Beddington, admitted in a speech last week that he was ‘not confident’ of seeing extra funding …” (more)

[Ann Mroz, Times Higher Education, 2 April]

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