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Government Doesn't Want to Know

BBC News - Drug adviser Dr Polly Taylor's full resignation letter

..We had understood that the requirement of us, as advisers, was to comply with the Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees, and not to maintain the favour or trust of a minister with our advice and its communication.....
I am therefore surprised and dismayed that the government has rejected these concerns....
I feel that there is little more we can do to describe the importance of ensuring that advice is not subjected to a desire to please ministers or the mood of the day's press.....

What's the point of having advisers who offer real advice when you have pollsters and Daily Mail leader writers to tell you what to believe.


Does not look good at all, at all.

And yet, I could only wish all the authors of the IPCC "Summary for Policy Makers" would resign. Of course, in their case, it would not be lack of mutual trust but having been largely untrustworthy.

I'm reminded of the following, attributed to General Robert E. Lee:

"As you know, I have planned some campaigns and quite a number of battles. I have given the work all the care and thought I could, and sometimes, when my plans were completed, as far as I could see, they seemed to be perfect. But when I have fought them through, I have discovered defects and occasionally wondered I did not see some of the defects in advance. When it was all over, I found by reading a newspaper that these best editor generals saw all the defects plainly from the start. Unfortunately, they did not communicate their knowledge to me until it was too late."

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