Vince Cable Versus the World on Science

Earlier today the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, gave a speech on science funding, in which he warned of considerable government spending cuts and urged the scientific community to achieve “more with less”. CaSE has compiled a comparison of Cable’s comments with those of current world leaders, below.

Dr Vince Cable, President of the UK Board of Trade and Secretary of State for Business – September 2010

“How do we economise without damaging science? What reforms are needed to help us achieve more with less?

Barack Obama, President of the United States – April 2009

“At such a difficult moment, there are those who say we cannot afford to invest in science, that support for research is somehow a luxury at moments defined by necessities.  I fundamentally disagree.  Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment, and our quality of life than it has ever been before.”

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany – April 2010

“During my term as Federal Chancellor, the Federal Government has repeatedly declared that the prosperity of a country such as Germany, with its scarce mineral resources, must be sought through investment in research, education and science, and this to a disproportionate degree.”

Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France  – June 2010

“Science is, I am well aware, a fragile enterprise and scientists must be defended against obscurantism, fanaticism, wilful ignorance and contempt for the truth. The economic downturn should not prompt us to postpone investment in science, but rather to bring it forward and consolidate it.”

Dr Manmohan Singh,  President of India – January 2010

“If India has to emerge as a knowledge power in the 21st century, then it can only be through a strong capability in science and technology”

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