Hello there Mary,
I picked up on your well founded
at the HUGE amounts of taxpayers money being spent
on dubious research projects, and I would like to inject (pun intended) some
more eyebrow raisers on the same subject.
Datum: SE 1814.
Research Centre - Edinburgh
Principal : Dr W. McKelvey
"To determine if SCRAPIE can be
transmitted by transfer of embryos from ewes INFECTED with scrapie to
Start : 1 Oct 95
Finish : 1 Sep 98
I wonder if anybody would like to guess the outcome
of that one.........in under three years !
Datum : SE 1418
Research Centre - Newbury
Principal : Dr J. Foster
"BSE Transmission in
Start : 1 Apr 90
Stop : 31 Mar 97
Cost : #240,000
In seven years of trying
to prove the mission statement, ABJECT FAILURE - there never has been BSE
in sheep !
So what do 'they' do ?
Change the goalposts, stay in the same
location, pass the test-tube to somebody else down
the corridor, with a years overlap, and word the
new Research project slightly differently..................
Datum : SE 1423
Research Centre : Newbury
Principal : N. Hunter
"Transmission studies for the
detection of BSE in SHEEP".
Start : 1 Apr 96
Stop : Yet to be decided
Cost : #717,000
Maybe it's time to change the research heading and
ask for more money again ?
Hold on though, whilst the chaps in white coats at
Newbury ponder why they can't fine BSE in sheep and play pass the brains
for years, along the corridor they are toying with the idea there
is a "Species Barrier" that nature has had up it's sleeve and trashing
their theory ! Another project that wasted taxpayers
Datum : SE 1414
Research Centre : Newbury
Principal : M.E. Bruce
"Studies on the 'Species
barrier' in Scrapie and BSE"
Start : 1 Apr 95
Finish : 31 Mar 2000
Cost : #125,000
Just in case our hundreds of years of home grown
butchery skills had poisoned the nation, how about some money to find a
way of removing spinal chord from dead sheep ?
"OK" says moneybags, "what's a good name for this
"Development and Evaluation of
a PRACTICAL method for the removal of spinal chord from sheep carcasses"
"That will do nicely" says moneybags.
"How much money do you want, and how long will it
take" ? Says moneybags, digging into the taxpayers purse.
"#98,000 - and three months should
crack it" (1st October 98, stop on the 31st Dec 98)
"OK........sounds good to me" says
So in three months men in white coats ask
some slaughterhouses, about the practicalities of removing a sheep's spinal
They must have stayed in some very expensive hotels
to need all that money.
I am being terribly cynical about
these money swallowing projects, but I cannot help but wonder about the
benefits we gain from such absurd research.