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Strategic view of technology can fill gaps in Whitehall

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New office must get all departments singing from the same hymn sheet, says David Willetts

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement last week of a new Office for Science and Technology Strategy is significant for all who want to see technology properly valued, supported and used across government.

First and most important is the message that the UK can and should have a technology strategy. This is a major advance, as ministers and officials do go through periods of thinking there should be no such thing, out of a fear it will mean picking winners or a belief that technology is somehow deeply unknowable.

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