Government attitude towards science

The UK Department for Innovation University & Skills (DIUS; you can also follow them on Twitter) is pushing the British government to follow the US’s lead and invest now in science:

Westminster ministers with responsibility for science are telling the Treasury that the UK should follow suit…Unless it does, they argue, the downturn will destroy scientific skills that draw high-tech companies to the UK.

Brilliant. Now is the time to splash out the cash, for sure. It’ll help retain the key people you need. It’ll position you for the turnaround, which must eventually come.

This is a very different government attitude than is coming from my homeland of Canada, where the minister responsible for science won’t even say if he believes in evolution. Honestly, that’s just laughable. Believe what you like, but support what you’re standing for.