Government,science and failure

More wrong than right

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A very fair article here from Ross Clark. As is best with these things, the way of the MSM, Clark concentrates on a few things, to maximise the effect of his comments under his title,

"Can we really trust chief scientific officers"?

One of the recurring themes of this blog is the yawning gulf between our government and ourselves. So an immediate and relevant question is:" are MPs "our elected representatives"? Most voters would say no. There is a strong feeling that MPs represent 'Westminster' and not the constituency in which the ballot took place. And what about political parties? Following the MPs expenses fiasco we can see that party played a small part here.

Perhaps the single most important fact to emerge from the MPs' expenses scandal was that the MPs needed to be advised on what to do and what to claim for. This gave rise to the "we were wrongly advised", chorus heard by a disbelieving public. How come the people who legislate for us cannot understand the laws framed by their predecessors that regulate their working practices?

It comes as no surprise the poor dears need to be advised by scientists and, much as they took the word of the House of Commons administrative staff at their word, so too the scientists. But being who they are the MPs like to pick-and-choose, remember Alan Johnson and Professor Nutt? (see here)

The point made in that post is that government played the system and lost, such is life. It simply won't do to pick and choose with science; the only wrong kind of science is the kind that does not help the government.
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Not all scientists are bad but there is bad science and the government has developed a habit of paying over the odds for it too. Then again can you blame the scientists when they hit such a rich seam? The University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit has cost the taxpayer a great deal.

It is the same when a cost estimate is produced. A rail link is to be built, so ask a music teacher how much it will cost and when it will be ready; why not? For we all know that, however many rail 'experts' are employed to make an estimate the costs will soar and the job will be years late into operation. This sort of thing happens so often it must be deliberate, natural and unavoidable. Yet still it goes on.

So it's not only scientists that should come down a peg-or-two, but the whole of the public services, whether elected or appointed. The very idea that scientists can be trusted, totally, is to imply that the rest of us, all of us, cannot. That is ridiculous. The latest scam of the scientists pretending weather and climate are different is typical. Bollocks and testicles are different too, so stop talking the former.