As I/S pointed out yesterday, the Government’s “innovation” agenda is nothing more than a cuts to R&D and hidden subsidies.
Today in the Herald that’s confirmed by the Associations of Scientists President, Shaun Hendy.
there is also a strong primary sector flavour to several challenges and the primary sector is already the benefactor of a large share of our current spending on science.
“Did the public really want to fund more research aimed at further exploitation of our marine environment? Surely that is something that the private sector could fund.”
It shouldn’t be surprising. National have a habit of approaching every political decision with a primary question in mind – “how can we transfer wealth to our mates?”. We’ve seen it with the ETS subsidies, with the Warners Deal, with the tax cuts, with the privatisation agenda, and now we’re seeing it in science.
And as with most of National’s dealings (for example) this rewarding of mates it the product of backroom lobbying:
Professor Hendy was also concerned over what he saw as a lack of transparency in the process used to set the challenges, which he felt lent itself to lobbying by institutions.
R&D is critical to New Zealand maintaining its wealth and standard of living into the 21st century. Indeed there are few things more important for our economy in the medium to long term/ And National is f**king it up with short-term politicking. A blighted future for sure.