On last night’s The Moral
Haze Maze, in a discussion prompted by the news of a few recently, suspiciously-timed-leaked, confused E-mails, seized upon as apparently bringing crashing down the reams of evidence for man-made climate change, former devotee of I’ll-consider-that-evidence-in-accordance-with-what-I-believe-and-want-to-happen Thatcher, and now media darling Michael Portillo, said:
“… I think the great virtue that the politician brings to this is scepticism; in other words, scientists have to be recognised as being people who are corruptible. They’re corruptible by wishing to be proved right; by the funding that they get; by their vanity of being asked to appear on television ……. by being employed by Greenpeace; and the politician brings a scepticism to that; and the scepticism of the politician is borne of the fact that the politician has to represent all elements of society and not just one.”
Fast forward to 41:04, if you missed it and want to hear it for yourself. (Worth listening to the whole thing actually: not just because context is important, but because it also features as witnesses, Lewis Wolpert, and that busy fella Ben Goldacre.) Hmmm.