Once you control the purse strings:
Academics warn they are facing “woke gatekeepers” to get taxpayers’ money for research, as they are told cash could be withdrawn if they offend anyone.
Equality and diversity guidelines have been drawn up to cover nine major research bodies, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Medical Research Council and Research England.
The documents by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which oversees the most prestigious research councils and handed out £3.2 billion in funding last year, include “constant criticism” of someone or “bad name calling” as potential reasons for funds to be blocked.
Academia definitely has a certain mindset to it these days. Scientific enquiry – “you’re wrong because this fact, new theory needed” – isn’t quite the current style. And as with any establishment that controls the purse strings those who err from the received wisdom aren’t going to get funded.
Ragging on Ritchie is science – this theory is wrong because this fact. Wouldn’t get funded though.