Thursday 18 August 2005

Here comes the next one

Scotland must be the world leader in setting up think tanks to discover the causes of economic growth:
A HIGH-powered group of politicians and businesspeople will today seek to kick-start the stalled debate over using devolution to make Scotland a modern, more prosperous nation.
The Presiding Officer of the Scottish parliament thinks that:
"We have been a parliament good at engaging with civic Scotland, but we have not done enough with wealth-creators, academia, artists, free-thinkers and entrepreneurs."
On the contrary George, you've done far too much with wealth-creators and entrepreneurs. That's precisely the problem. I'm sure that the academics and artists enjoy the benefits of public funding but what business needs is simply to be left alone.

The most hilarious quote is this:

There will be one staff member, but Mr Reid will arrange for much of the basic research to be done by some of the 50 staff of SPIC, the Scottish Parliament information centre, many of whom have PhDs.
Truly, you couldn't make it up.

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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Rev. Lick
The best question they could possibly ask would be, "Please, gents, how can we stay out of your way?"

23 August 2005, 09:41:23 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Ian Dodge
PhD: Piled Higher and Deeper.

22 August 2005, 16:14:24 GMT+01:00
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well devolution has helped the economy a little, think of the holyrood with its £50 million + an o at the end, must have helped a little

21 August 2005, 01:03:52 GMT+01:00
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How much are they paying those PhDs? Presumably a lot more than they'd get for doing serious research.

19 August 2005, 09:16:04 GMT+01:00
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Hector Maclean
Truly, you couldn't make it up. 
You are right, it's absolutely fucking laughable. :lol: :lol:

18 August 2005, 19:30:28 GMT+01:00
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Quick, get a PhD!

18 August 2005, 17:18:27 GMT+01:00
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Title: Our saviours 
Excerpt: The presiding officer of Scotland's pretendy parliament has announced a super think-tank which is going to turn the Scottish economy round. 
Blog name: Bishop Hill

18 August 2005, 16:06:04 GMT+01:00
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Brian Ferguson
Didn't a Scot named Smith sort all that out a couple of hundred years ago?

18 August 2005, 12:53:02 GMT+01:00
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Where are the "wealth-creators, academia, artists, free-thinkers and entrepreneurs" on the steering committee?

18 August 2005, 12:40:18 GMT+01:00