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 "...it 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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