My favourite sign from the Rally to Restore Sanity:

What do we want? Evidence based change. When do we want it? After peer review.
What do we want? Evidence based change. When do we want it? After peer review.

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Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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  1. Colin Blakemore lampooned the Science is Vital rally with this in The Times back in October:

    “What do we want?” “Thorough consideration of the evidence that public expenditure on research is causally linked to economic benefits!” “When do we want it?” “As soon as the Government is able to gather full, peer-reviewed data!”

    Of course he then spoke very eloquently and powerfully at the rally and subsequent lobby.

  2. best sign, should be the basis for all government decisions. kind of what a democracy is supposed to be about

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