Saturday, February 08, 2003

FISCAL PRIORITIES

THE FINAL FRONTIER?
COLUMBIA: FUTURE FOR SHUTTLE MISSIONS IN BALANCE
DR TERENCE KEALEY Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham
Political folly's a waste of cash

...The manned flights are little more than ego boosts for American politicians - yet those are the expensive and dangerous ones. It is not for me to tell the Americans what to do with their money but just think what they might achieve instead. They might fund a proper legal service for the poor, so that fewer innocents are falsely convicted of capital crimes...

They might provide genuine aid to the developing world. They could even help preserve the disappearing gorillas and chimpanzees of Africa or even - heaven forbid - cut taxes to boost their economy.