Muir Russell and the Oxburgh Embarrassment

The April 1, 2010 Sir Muir minutes state:

The Review noted the recommendation of the Science and Technology Panel that the Review and Lord Oxburgh’s Scientific Appraisal Panel should map their activities to ensure that there are no unmanaged overlaps. The Review agreed to follow this up by writing to Lord Oxburgh.

I wonder if they got an answer.

The April 13, 2010 Sir Muir minutes state:

A short statement from the Review should be prepared for media purposes once the Oxburgh Science Assessment Panel has reported its findings.

I haven’t seen such a statement. Perhaps even Sir Muir was too embarrassed by the Oxburgh “report” to issue a statement. After all, Sir Muir had said at his press conference on Feb 11, 2010 (minute 55 or so) that they weren’t going to get anywhere “if this is just an ex cathedra proposition.”

The key thing is to record, to be transparent, to keep it out there. We’re not going to get anywhere if this is just an ex cathedra proposition.



  1. Posted Jun 5, 2010 at 12:22 AM | Permalink

    I wonder which interpretation of ex cathedra Sir Muir alludes to – my schoolboy Latin is not up to the task but it looks like it could be either “speak from the chair”, or stretching it a bit “speak with total infallibility”

  2. EdeF
    Posted Jun 5, 2010 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    I am not seeing a lot of overlap so far.

  3. Mike Davis
    Posted Jun 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM | Permalink

    You can not overlap vapor as it just drifts away! The Russell group can report anything as the Oxburgh group said?????

    • Mike Davis
      Posted Jun 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

      It reminded me of the three: Here no! See No! Speak No!

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