MPs trying to reverse Boaty

boaty mcbf

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.

5 comments for “MPs trying to reverse Boaty

  1. Ed P
    May 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

    This is a test run, in case the referendum gives the ‘wrong’ result.
    The public must be taught not to challenge their betters, who obviously have their best interests at heart.

    • May 6, 2016 at 10:32 am

      In one. Next post is about that.

  2. Vera
    May 6, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    They can change the result to something more appropriate but everyone will always call that vessel Boaty McBoatface. Pity they don’t have much sense of humour.

  3. Mudplugger
    May 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    They really have missed the ‘boaty’ on this one. The sheer marketing potential could have raised enough funds with toys, clothes and other spin-off ephemera to have funded their Antarctic playtime for a generation.
    Add to that the scope for getting the public more interested in scientific activities and the education benefits could be enormous – there’s a bloke floating round in space at the moment doing nothing except chat to primary schools: that exercise has cost mega millions of public funds and will deliver bugger-all.
    A properly managed ‘Boaty’ franchise could have done far more for free.
    That’s the trouble with scientists, so far up themselves they don’t understand how the real world works.

    • Brightside Bob
      May 6, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Well put.

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