‘Science superpower’ plan risks making UK bureaucracy superpower, says peer

Author of Lords report says government’s approach ‘feels like setting off on a marathon with your shoelaces tied together’

Britain’s plan to become a “science and technology superpower” is so lacking in focus and so full of new organisational structures that the country risks becoming a “bureaucracy superpower” instead, an influential crossbench peer has said.

Prof John Krebs, the co-author of a Lords report on the government’s global ambitions for science and technology, said despite laudable rhetoric, there was no clear strategy as to how the “superpower” ambition might be realised, and reasons to doubt it would succeed.

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