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Back-to-School for Conservatives

Scientists frequently lament that politicians are clueless when it comes to science. Britain's Conservative party apparently agrees, having developed a plan for its party's new members of Parliament to undergo what it calls "compulsory lessons in scientific literacy." The lessons, which will cover the scientific method and basic concepts in science, are the brainchild of Adam Afriyie, the Member of Parliament who represents the Conservative party on science and innovation issues. Last week, he explained the motivation for the project, telling the Times that: “The evidence-based scientific approach extends well beyond subjects like embryology or GM crops. It is also critical to social policy and criminal sentencing, and it cuts across all areas of government.”