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Who writes this rubbish?

11 Nov

I’m not naïve enough to think that politicians write their own speeches, but it would be a good idea if George Osborne used his supposedly superior education to read, and edit, the words that are going to come out of his mouth.

Yesterday’s Guardian reported that on Friday Osborne announced that the European Space Agency’s headquarters for telecoms satellite monitoring will be based in Britain, as part of an extra £300m investment in space science research over the next five years. In his speech he said:

“We are now at a watershed where space is transitioning from a celebration of science endeavour into a capability that impacts on our everyday lives…Prosperity and the power it brings are shifting to new corners of the globe, to countries like China, India and Brazil. So as the prime minister has said, countries like ours are in a global race…”

OK, what is wrong with that, other than it’s gobbledygook and that a globe doesn’t have corners, let alone new corners? I think what he meant to say (though it’s hard to tell) is:

“We are now at a point where space exploration is moving from being a celebration of science to something that has an impact on our everyday lives…Since the power that prosperity brings is no longer exclusive to Western countries, the UK is now in competition with expanding economies, such as those of China, India and Brazil.”

Finally, I was pleased to see that the President of the Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse, thanked the Chancellor for his speech, but urged him “not to forget to put your money where your mouth is”!

Today’s picture

It’s Remembrance Day today and this year also is the 60th anniversary of the Second World War’s North Africa campaign. I took this picture at a British war cemetery in Tunisia.