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Gordon McKenzie finds good and bad news for research institutions in the autumn statement

“It’s a mess ain’t it Sheriff? If it ain’t it’ll do till a mess gets here.”

So say Cormac McCarthy’s characters surveying the brutal, bloody aftermath of a drug deal gone badly wrong in No Country for Old Men. And so (near enough) said the chancellor in the autumn statement, surveying the brutal, bloody aftermath of his predecessor’s economic amphetamine hit gone badly wrong. We are in recession.

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