Letter: The origins and purposes of National Science Week

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Sir: Over the last week or so I have seen William Waldegrave variously described as the 'Minister for Science', the 'Citizen's Charter Minister' and the 'Minister for Open Government'. There may be other titles. His collection of responsibilities is highly reminiscent of James Hacker, Secretary of State for Administrative Affairs in the Yes, Minister television series. In fact, Mr Waldegrave shares many similarities with Mr Hacker, in particular his skill in handling difficult and complex issues sensitively.

But James Hacker subsequently became Prime Minister because of the inadequacies of the leading candidates. Is there a significant message for us all here?

Yours truly,


London, SW15

23 March