Worry report from THES that the current ring fence* for science funding in the UK is under threat amid the Treasury’s continuing quest for savings. And this comes at the same time that there are numerous reports to the effect that austerity economics, as practiced in the UK, has failed.
Time for BIS to grow a backbone and call the spade the Treasury is using to bury us a bloody shovel. And time for more people to get involved with Science is Vital.
*A ring fence that most of us on the inside would have to admit is rather leaky, with cuts to capital spending, continuing erosion thanks to inflation, and poorly motived, rarely admitted changes to Research Council priorities leading to cuts in, for example, astrophysics.