Charles Clarke, the Education Secretary, has declared today that he views the study of medieval history as “ornamental” and a waste of taxpayer’s money. If I met him in the street I’d argue in favour of studying the subject on the grounds that he who does not learn the mistakes of history is doomed to repeat them. No doubt he’d treat me as a communist, after all, it’s hard to see how a student of medieval history can then go on to improve the wealth of shareholders and executives.
Jack Straw was interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. First he refused to condemn the Saudi government for it’s endorsement of the use of torture in its justice system – Britons being held by the regime claim to have been tortured. You’d be a fool and a communist to think that Mr Straw’s reticence is anything to do with arms contracts. He then went on to say that the issue on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was “not vitally important”.
At a biotechnology conference yesterday, George Bush said:
“Acting on unfounded, unscientific fears, many European governments have blocked the import of all new biotech crops.
“Because of these artificial obstacles, many African nations avoid investing in biotechnology, worried that their products will be shut out of important European markets.
“For the sake of a continent threatened by famine, I urge the European governments to end their opposition to biotechnology. We should encourage the spread of safe, effective biotechnology to win the fight against global hunger.”