Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Graphene: Willetts wants to have his cake and eat it

I have also received a reply from David Willetts, the Minister responsible for Science, about my concerns on EPSRC Graphene announcement. You will recall in his last letter to me that he said " is essential that we respect the Haldane Principle of not interfering in Research Council's strategic decisions." Yet, in this letter he states the complete opposite: dictating to EPSRC that £38M of tax payer's money MUST be used to support graphene research. If that is not a blatant violation of the Haldane Principle I don't know what is. The last sentence of his letter reads "...Government remains fully committed to the established peer review system...", but should have ended "....when it suits it to be"

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