From the Guardian’s science blog, MP Ian Gibson explains why he thinks science and innovation might be Britain’s way out of the economic downturn.
Science, innovation and technology will have a critical role to play in our recovery from the current economic crisis. Rather than cutting public spending in these areas, we should be investing more. Science should be at the very heart of efforts to boost the economy.
I welcome prime minister Gordon Brown’s announcement that the government will create 100,000 new jobs in the green sector, but this should be just the beginning of a series of government initiatives that put science and innovation at the centre of public policy.