UK Liberty

Imagine if science worked like politics

Posted in freedom of information by ukliberty on May 31, 2007

writes Heather Brooke, on Alistair Darling’s leaked letter:

Imagine if science worked in this way. Someone could determine (in secret) that his snake-oil was the best solution to a problem (treating polio, for example) based on findings that only he and his minions could access. No data would be no published so no one could challenge the legitimacy of the policy. The reasons behind the decision would be kept secret, too. It is easy enough to see how detrimental such a process would be to science. Yet this is exactly the way our ‘modern’ Parliament makes policy and it is in every way as detrimental to the health of our society.

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