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'Better together for science': Pennington says Yes vote would hit research funding

ONE of Scotland's most respected scientists has warned that independence could cut off vital research funding for Scotland's universities.


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Peter A Bell's comment, November 18, 2012 9:19 AM
While Professor Pennington's argument has obvious appeal for less than thoughtful British nationalists, on examination it seems very weak. Presumably the money he refers to is allocated on the basis of best value. So he seems to be suggesting that such pragmatic considerations would no longer apply after Scotland becomes independent and that a desire to punish those "uppity Jocks" would take precedence. If the UK funding bodies are prone to such petty anti-Scottish prejudice as the good professor appears to imagine, surely we'd be better off without them.

And where do these bodies get the money they disburse anyway? Is it not the case that at least a proportionate share of it comes from sources in Scotland? Like Scottish taxpayers, for example? By what kind of logic is it assumed that these resources would continue to flow to UK funding bodies only for them to then threaten to withhold those funds from researchers in Scotland?

Looks like just another silly unionist scare-story to me. How unfortunate that a respected scientist would allow his name to be associated with such piffling propaganda.
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