1 thought on “Beware the new technocrats”

  1. Posted 26/01/2021 at 11:41 | Permalink

    A thought provoking read. Should we also be worried that the challenge goes beyond the worry that the “… group in the form of advisors or those in direct power is those who have most likely nothing to lose …”? I fear that their advice is also motivated by what they have to gain. Many of the academics advising the government are beneficiaries of government research funds for COVID. As just one example, the lead academic of the £2.5M “National consortium to study threats of new SARS-CoV-2 variants” is a member of SAGE. It is difficult to imagine that their advice is not influenced, consciously or sub-consciously, by the knowledge that the financial support for, and media interest in, their research, depends upon ensuring that the perception of threat from COVID remains high.

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