Quote of the week

Both the constructive disagreement intrinsic to science and the adversarial scrutiny necessary to politics disappear in this invocation of science as the ultimate authority – this trick will become familiar in the coming months. An extraordinary emergency requires extraordinary powers; no one disagrees with that. But it is politics, not science, which grants these powers legitimacy. How long will they endure?

James Butler
London Review of Books
3 March 2007

The end of democracy – in the UK

If this happened in South Africa we would all gnash our teeth and solemnly announce the end of democracy as we know it. Come to think of it, the UK does not even have a written Constitution, so what can one expect.
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