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Dominic Cummings, remember him? Turns out he was right after all


Director Sebastian Payne writes for the i about Dominic Cummings and his approach to science and technology in government. He writes:

“What shocks me is how rare it is to come across others with a science background in British politics. The difference is cultural, not merely practical. What CP Snow diagnosed in 1959 as the gulf between our two cultures of “literary intellectuals” and scientists remains as wide as ever – any political dinner party still finds the works of Shakespeare more stimulating than the second law of thermodynamics.

The lack of interest from politicos is reflected by underwhelming support from the state: even as research and development spending has risen, Whitehall is better suited to an essay than an experiment.”

You can read the full article here.

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