Posted by: Witch Doctor | March 5, 2011

Creep fuelled by intelligent stupidity

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Wide experience, a high IQ, and even good judgement do not protect an individual from Creep.

Creep can flatter. Creep can reason. Creep can purchase. Creep can control.

All of The Humankind are vulnerable.

Aren’t they, My Black Cat?

There is only one protection against the perils of Creep and that is for The Humankind to be aware of their susceptibility to Creep, to constantly be on the lookout for it and if it seems to be meandering into questionable territory, to nip it in the bud.

Sir Howard Davies has now resigned as Director of the London School of Economics over his links with Gaddafi.

In the Witch Doctor’s Opinion his downfall highlights his susceptibility to Creep which would have gone un-noticed if it had not been for the Libyan revolution. But for that he would have been lauded by his institution for gathering funds from Libya during the time of austerity for educational institutions. He would have been lauded for being an obedient servant of the government and the financiers.

Educational insitutions, it may be remembered, are now being driven by economic, not ethical principles.

They have ignored The Creep. Perhaps, after Sir Howard’s resignation, other universities will review how far they themselves have succumbed to Creep.

At the time of posting this, Sir Howard’s background can still be read on the LSE website.

It is interesting that The Times mentions Sir Howard has worked in the arms industry but this is not mentioned on his CV.

“In an illustrious career, Sir Howard Davies, 60, has worked in the arms industry, accountancy and politics, before becoming chairman of the Financial Services Authority in 1998 and later settling in academia as director of the London School of Economics.”

Is it possible to work in the arms industry without demonstrating susceptiblity to creep, My Black Cat`?

In May 2009, The Witch Doctor posted the following. It is now coming home to roost.

WHO WILL CUT THE STRINGS?

It is always worth keeping an eye on the top right corner of  Dr Grumble’s blog. This is a feed of some of his reading.

And while you’re at it, read this post. It’s good for a laugh.

Anyway, Dr Grumble is reading George Monbiot today.

The article is called “Captive Knowledge.” The key message is short and sharp.

“The funding for academic research has been taken over by business.”

He asks:

“Why is the Medical Research Council run by an arms manufacturer?

“Why is the Natural Environment Research council run by the head of a construction company?

“Why is the chairman of a real estate firm in charge of higher education funding for England?

George Monbiot then gives his answer to these questions.

“Because our universities are being turned by the government into corporate research departments. No longer may they pursue knowledge for its own sake: now the highest ambition to which they must aspire is finding better ways to make money.”

And he goes on:

“At the end of the month, unremarked by the media, a quiet intellectual revolution took place.”

Yes. The silence of the media was loud.

Funny that.

It is unlikely the media professionals didn’t know about this end stage creep. And it is unlikely the important consequences were not understood by them.

Even this old witch managed to pick up on it.

But then, I suppose, since she started wondering about the reasons why MMC turned into a rogue form, The Witch Doctor has been waiting for this news breaking. Especially after she read The Leitch Report.

God help you if you suffer from a condition so rare that research into it could never bring in a commercially viable income.

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This is, of course, unrelated to the current recession. This was planned long before the recession. It seems to The Witch Doctor that this government will use the recession opportunistically to justify anything they do that may seem unsavoury to voters.

Many years ago, The Witch Doctor remarked to colleagues that the day would come when it would be necessary to buy yourself into a permanent university post: you would need money in the from of a substantial grant. This would be tagged on to your name in invisible ink after the letters indicating the qualifications you have earned.

The sum of a £ sign followed by six figures would be most acceptable.

“In fact a £ sign followed by six figures or even more may be all that is required. The other information such as MB ChB, MD, PhD, DSc etc would become an embellishment. It would be the grant money or the high likelihood of forthcoming grant money that would cut ice, “ The Witch Doctor said.

They laughed.

After all, witches are the most eccentric of beings.

Who is laughing now?

When you have to buy yourself into a university post, and funding essentially originates from commercial interests, it is a chicken and egg situation. “The Haldane Princlple” becomes irrelevant.

Indeed, the The Haldane Principle was interpreted in various ways over the years and in 1971 The Rothschild Report was published. This resulted in 25% of the funds of the Medical Research Council being transferred back to HMG. The government of the day, for whatever reason, could decide on what type of research was to be funded with this 25%.

Fair enough.

HERE IS A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF GOVERNMENT HEALTH RESEARCH POLICY

Now, in 2009, the figure is 100%.

End stage Creep, slowly, by stealth.

Game, set, and match to this government or rather those who pull the strings.

Wall Street and the London Stock Exchange are now in control of the academic brain.

And you didn’t really notice it happening. Did you?

Read all about it here.

CAPTIVE KNOWLEDGE

And, you indolent Humankind, as you read it, will you pay particular attention to the bits about Lord Drayson, Sir John Chishom, and Lord Sainsbury!

And ask yourself this:

“Did I vote for these people to run the country?”

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Responses

  1. The universities have degenerated into contract research organisations and with that the innovative spark that came from researchers determining the direction of their own research has all but disappeared. Lip service is paid to the concept of blue skies research but often they are looking for an early application rather than just an answer to a fundamental question.

    As for the arms trade, I think your Black Cat already knows that making money from weapons governs quite a lot of what goes on in the world:
    http://www.hereinreality.com/carlyle.html

  2. Funnily enough, everything’s going ape with Glasgow Uni just now. The principal Muscatelli has announced sweeping cuts including classics, languages, nursing, social work, the Department of Continuing Education and others. It’s basically being turned into a tech. One of the least diplomatic of these cuts is one in Czech studies which was visited by Madeleine Albright last year. I know I’m biased, being an Arts graduate, but do these guys never think that they might need people to translate stuff? To remember history? To study the past? The uni’s actually making a profit at the mo, so they really have no excuse for it and the nursing school has a reputation as one of the best in the UK. Muscatelli awarded himself a 7% increase last year and gets £240 k for being principal.

    Anyway, like your heading. . It’s amazing how many stupid people there are with an IQ of 130 or more.

  3. Funnily enough you are not alone, gabbyjulie:

    http://live.cgcu.net/news/1966

  4. The Oldest Sage Witch’s Highland Granny said GU were cutting back on all the extramural classes too. That’s a bit hard to believe in view of the aim to keep an ageing population as active as possible. Don’t know if it’s true or not.

    Its a long time since MBC read Orwell’s 1984 in full but since then she has dipped into it from time to time. She swears in 1984 the history books were all destroyed and rewritten according to plan!! I told her this could never happen here of course.

    The meaning of the word “University” used to be linked to the concept of intellectual freedom. If intellectual freedom is removed from a society, can that society still be regarded as free?

    My Black Cat will risk blowing her brains out if she delves much more into the arms trade, Dr G. She will probably do just that since she finds the subject an irresistible example of the depths to which human Creep can sink!

  5. Well, if they’re selling arms to foreign countries, they’re going to have to resort to the Captain Mainwaring school of speaking foreign – that is, if they don’t get it first time, say it louder..


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