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Zone of uncertainty creates risks for spending review


Research policy is adrift between the government’s rhetoric, intentions and ability, says John Whitfield

When a government puts wheezes and catchphrases before policy, it can take time to work out how serious it is.

Sometimes it becomes clear fairly quickly that a politician means what they say, and will take steps to achieve it—as with “get Brexit done”, for example. Other times, such as building a tunnel from Scotland to Northern Ireland, it is equally clear that the opposite is true.

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