The parable of Boaty McBoatface….

I am not a humourless dullard. Really, I’m not. I mention it because from what I am about to say, you may think I am nothing more than a dismal little prig. Nonetheless, here it is: Not everything has to end up as an oh so ironic internet meme. There are some things, surely, that this kind of post-millennial smugness is simply beneath. I’m talking here about the Boaty McBoatface debacle. And you’ll know what I mean – this really is the vote that has caught an entire nation. EU…what EU? It’s the naming of the country’s new £200 million polar research ship that has been the democratic issue of the day. NERC, the funding council who commissioned the ship – set to be the biggest and most advanced research…


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