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Schrödinger’s Pig has this post on why things like Jodrell Bank matter. Really who in their right mind would aspire to be a successful physicist when that will cost you your job?

See also DaveP’s post on the subject and JQH is more depressing.

There is a petition for UK citizens to sign, but I suspect that even if it was successful that would only be a short term success. Really a shift in opinion is needed that recognises that having a non-Scientist Minister for Science makes as much sense as appointing a brain surgeon as Attorney General.