Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Newcastle's The Journal on the AHRC and Big Society

. . . with details here and interviews. (The story runs on page 4, but noted on front page.) An excerpt:

"[. . .]  Prof Brooks said: “Political campaign slogans have no place in strategic delivery plans for organisations such as these. We would have been equally opposed had research been suggested into Labour’s ‘third way’ ideology back in 1997.

"It’s not merely an idea. It’s cemented to this political ideological campaign slogan.

“Its basic principles haven’t even been spelled out as an idea, never mind a white paper.

“We’re not saying people shouldn’t do research on the Big Society, rather that it shouldn’t be a strategic priority.
“I think mass resignation should be a last resort. It’s not something that should be taken lightly but it’s hard to see what else we can do.”

[. . .]  A spokesman for the AHRC said: “At no point do we ever say we’re propagandising it. The whole point of research is to come to something cold. You could get 100 projects critiquing it or 100 saying it’s a brilliant idea. Politics is not what we’re about. It’s just shorthand. [. . .]"

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