Everything which could possibly wrong with the way Them interface with the general public is on show here:
MPs are to review the process that has been used to find a name for the UK’s new polar research ship.
Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee want to discuss whether the public engagement project around the search for a name has been a success or a failure.
A website inviting suggestions attracted huge interest, with “Boaty McBoatface” being the big favourite.
But science minister Jo Johnson is reportedly cool on the idea.
He has said there are “more suitable” names.
Now, the chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc) has been called before the Commons committee to give evidence next Tuesday.
Prof Duncan Wingham’s agency is responsible for polar science in the UK and ran the online poll. He will be joined by Nerc’s head of communications, Julia Maddock.
So, Johnson’s unhappy, eh? Wants to “review the process”, that is – reverse the public choice by an overwhelming number of votes.