Brains in Jars

January 17th, 2011 § 0 comments


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For the purposes of this post, I will force myself to put aside the fact that the term ‘think tank’ will always conjure an image something akin to Krang from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course, logically that would mean I shouldn’t have bothered to mention it at all, but now the image has been etched onto your brain for at least the rest of the day, so my work is done in that respect.

It seems more than a little incongruous to read another ‘think tank’ study warning of the dire consequences that will befall [segment of society] due to the government cutting [benefit/tax break/service of choice]. At the risk of sounding like a low-rent stand up comic: might it not make a tiny bit more sense to just save a bit of cash and cut the think tanks instead?

There isn’t that much money spent on them, but then the whole MP’s expenses scandal was basically over pocket change when you look at it in context. Surely a government-sponsored sinecure handed out to those who need it least should be an issue that causes something approaching the same level of animosity? Even those running the bloody things admit that they don’t know why anyone’s bothering to pay them, after all.

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