Why should experts bother serving government?

I have often wondered why scientific and other experts bother accepting commissions from the UK government to provide impartial advice on controversial matters. After all, we regularly have spin-doctors within Downing Street and Whitehall leak what the government considers to be the correct conclusions from such consultation exercises. This even happens before the committees have […]

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Rochester with bells on

Yesterday I went down to Rochester with a friend to drink beer and watch massed morris dancers and other street entertainment at the start of the Rochester Sweeps Festival. It was a fine day, with clear air which helped bring out the vibrant colours of the morris kit on display. Click on the preview images […]

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Dancing bush sighted in London SE1

Sunshine and showers there were aplenty on Mayday in London this year. Occasionally at the same time, which is a considerable meteorological feat, even for southern England. Raindrops and copious amounts of beer combined for a pleasant afternoon out with the procession of Fowlers Troop and the Deptford Jack in the Green along the south […]

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