Freedom of Information requests are a nuisance to some, mostly people doing things that are highly questionable. If ever there was a piece of legislation to quash existing norms in law, a proposal put forward is the sledgehammer to us fleas. The high priests of science have seen a grand depletion of adherents at the temple of the thunder god and the nanny-state has been petitioned to quash the apostates with a vengeance.
“I have been told of some researchers who are getting lots of requests for, among other things, all drafts of scientific papers prior to their publication in journals, with annotations, explaining why changes were made between successive versions. If it is true, it will consume a huge amount of time. And it’s intimidating.” Sir Paul Nurse
And well it should intimidate, he goes on to say the public may question genetic modification using the law so government must change it. Sir Paul makes a sound case using catchphrases and propagandist lingo to demonise his foes, all in usual Guardian fashion. If you’re modern and liberal, step over to his side of the argument. If you prefer your apsaragus without crocodile DNA, file a Freedom of Information request, find out what this taxpayer funded madman and his co-religionists are up to.
Nurse got the Nobel Prize (ROFL) for pleasing his masters, those who will ultimately profit from taxing the air we breathe, if he and his kind can just get some us to shut our traps. They’re troubled that an internal CRU investigation vindicated climate data riggers like Steven Jones and people are still asking for more documents. On To Plan X, the Royal Society has launched a distraction project they call “Science as public enterprise”, with a web page and guidance on how to not ask the wrong questions.
By all appearances, each side in this debate is fighting a good fight. The university ‘scientists’ teach your children and their research makes certain that information is valid by the academic standards they need to keep hidden. Don’t be a heretic, anyone who argues with that is obviously not a good person. Your kids were handed over to the state on their first day of school and these individuals are there to finish the job of moulding them into Brave New Persons. Why won’t you let them get on with it?
Naysayers are from the ‘You Might Poke Your Eye Out With That’ school of thinking. They don’t want their tax money supporting things that could ultimately harm them and they won’t tolerate cash being thrown into the pit much longer so government must legislate silence. Universities have sprouted up all over the United Kingdom so that banks could take advantage of the American student loan scam scenario. Blair didn’t want all kids to have degrees because he loves you. With the introduction of fees to prime this Ponzi pump, it signalled the end of value in a higher education.
Whichever side of the debate you find yourself on, it must be obvious by now that Nurse and his kind are fighting for survival. Jobs for life were once guaranteed in academia but the coming financial crash will put paid to any notions of security for those of us without useful skills. They should have studied something practical, like plumbing or animal husbandry. Steven Jones may be ‘vindicated’ by East Anglia U standards but with his track record, he’ll be lucky to find a job digging up spuds.