Beddington going
Mar 27, 2012
Bishop Hill in Beddington

The Cabinet Office is advertising for a replacement for Sir John Beddington, the government chief scientific adviser.

The last three occupants of the post - May, King and Beddington himself - have been, to say the least, eccentric old coves. All of them have specialised in computer modelling and they have all seemed guilty of an unquestioning belief in the pronouncements of in-silico sybils, occasionally with disastrous consequences. Beddington has compounded these failings by appearing to work as a tax-funded lobbyist on behalf of the scientific civil service rather than someone who toiled for the public benefit.

It would therefore be nice if Beddington's replacement was:

I'm not holding my breath.


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