…well, yesterday really.
The Lib Dems have been promoting their science credentials in answers to questions put to them by the Guardian. Their answers are analysed here. Jon Butterworth has posted his own big question to the parties, pointing towards the STFC debacle and asking why it hasn’t been sorted out three years later (we weren’t even in a recession then). Of course if you want to ask such a question, then there are a number of ways to do this. The party leaders are famously taking part in televised debates and questions for the final one of these debates (Thursday on the BBC) can be submitted here. The same three party leaders will be taking part in a ‘digital debate’ hosted by youtube and facebook. Questions are submitted in advance and voted on, with the top two in each category going through to the leaders for answers. In this case, a question has been prepared and clicking here (plus signing in to your youtube and facebook accounts) will allow you to view it and then vote for it.
But what about answers? How many supporters of science are there in parliament? How many are there likely to be after the election? The Times has looked at each constituency in turn and tried to predict the outcome based on the present opinion polls and it doesn’t look good, with supporters of science leaving the commons outweighing those coming in.