in the west
Western Europe is a high tax high service structure as is Scandinavia.
I'm not going to change anyone else's mind and vice versa
That seems to be the message of this election entirely. For all the sound and fury, for all the photo opportunities, the polls* seem to show that people made up their minds 6 months ago or more.
It doesn't stop us having discussions.
* But the polls may not be correct, sample sizes are small and sampling is not random so that leaves me very curious about the results of the only poll that actually matters.
Two women somehow managed to talk to each other constantly, rapidly, loudly – and at the same time.
No judge would convict you ...
We can of course do both. There are times when it is possible to establish the industry in NZ and times when that simply doesn't make sense but you make money from a discovery that someone else can use.
In the plant science field, some of our discoveries are best applied to crops that we just don't grow. In that situation it make perfect sense to license the discovery to someone who can use it. Other projects can create or improve NZ farmers/growers directly.
Both models can work and both models can generate earnings for NZ. It's worth noting that improving rice production or yield by a fraction of a percentage could make NZ more money than producing a new apple that is only grown in NZ.
"Selling out" is simply not a helpful term nor is "benefit to NZ" or "industry alignment".
I don’t think physical scientists in NZ could ever be accused of having preferred status.
I do agree. Look it's great they are getting money. Basically there isn't a science sector in NZ that isn't starved of money.
I just hope they give the money to the good science groups in IRL rather than targeting the money to perceived growth sectors.
Nice link, I particularly liked
Even the wizards of venture capital have a hard job assessing the commercial impact of a discovery.
“To expect a researcher, or a research council committee, to make any worthwhile judgement - and make it before the work has even been done - is surely absurd.”
well below the crtical mass required to support this sector
Yup true of most sectors. No worries about IRL deserving input.
My only issue is still with the idea of predicting winners rather than simply (hah!) supporting those who can do great work regardless of what sector it happens to be in.
I find it interesting that IRL is the current golden boy. They were the golden boys a few years back too, just after they laid off a bunch of their science staff. Then they almost went bankrupt and had to be bailed out and were seriously the tarnished boys. Now they are golden again, and they aren't even doing alchemy.
Underneath all that I hear the folks on the bench do some good stuff.
However, the problem I have with the IRL initiative is the same as any government led science initiative. Rather than being led by successful science groups and responding to areas we are actually good at, it is a direction imposed by bureaucrats. Picking predicted winners rather than funding actual winners. It's like they heard Paul Callahan speak but missed the point entirely.
New Zealand suffered from the New Right insisting that any contribution to industry was a subsidy, subsidies were the work of the devil and we have been the only ones to follow that path.
To be fair the 9 year Labour government had exactly the same attitude.