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Political Science in European Elections
2 June 2009 8:32 am
Today, the Guardian's Science Blog contains a post lamenting "anti-science sentiment" infecting European politics and focusing on what it calls a lack of science clarity among the U.K. candidates for the upcoming European Parliament elections.
Frank Swain and Martin Robbins discuss how they submitted nine questions on science to the three main political parties in the United Kingdom. The two bloggers weren't happy with what they heard, writing in the Guardian:
On Thursday, millions of us will go to the polls to decide how Britain is represented in the European Parliament, but few will have the faintest idea where the candidates stand on issues that affect the food we eat, the air we breathe, the energy in our homes and the chemicals in our environment. Science is at the heart of our modern world, and it deserves to be at the heart of political discussion too. To make informed choices on the challenges facing us we need evidence backed up by robust science, but we rarely stop to question how well our representatives support or understand science issues in Europe. When we do, the answers can be disturbing.
In a similar vein, the Campaign for Science & Engineering in the UK recently asked all of the U.K. parties represented in the European Parliament to outline their science and engineering policies.