Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Nuclear Physics and the Election

I've not blogged at all about the forthcoming election. Nuclear physics is a pretty minor issue in the election, but not completely non-existent. The amount of overall science funding will be a factor in determining how much money will be spent on nuclear physics research, and the commitment to nuclear power (or otherwise) of the parties will be a factor in determining how much the UK is interested in keeping a knowledge base in nuclear science and engineering on a broader scale. These two facts are ironically approximately inversely correlated in the three main parties. I don't think I'd ever vote on a single issue alone, but there doesn't seem to be a completely obvious choice from a nuclear physics point of view. I think Martin Robbins' article in the Guardian sums things up pretty well, though, from an overall science perspective.