Reply to post: Re: TL;DR

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: TL;DR

Unmeasurable maybe, insignificant definitely not.

Space science is one of those flagships industries which governments spend a lot of money trying to attract. Not only on do they directly employ people in high margin industries and indirectly through suppliers, but spin off industries and expertise gained are immeasurable important, especially in developed economies.

In fact it is so important the government have already committed £100 mill of UK tax funds, just to see if they can justify spending £4-5 bill to keep the industry going.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Typically governments are absolutely horrible at picking wise investments, and tend to go for glitz and glamour over real returns. It's all about spinning stuff for the next election.

It is not uncommon for governments to spend ten or twenty times as much on 'flagship' programs than goes back into the economy in a useful way.

A smart government would back basic research in broad general areas, and let the more targeted, 'practical' investments come from private industry.

The Large Hadron Collider is a good project. The more 'applied' and specific a program becomes the less likely it is to be beneficial.

The costs and damage of the Ontario 'Green Energy' program, which was supposed to create a profitable world class energy industry exporting to everyone in the world (sound like a familiar theme you've heard elsewhere?) has cost the economy tens of billions so far, and the damage is still mounting.

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019