Comment posted at Liberal Democrat Voice [1]

In response to the article Julian Huppert says all MPs should brush up on their science, and the comment by Belinda BG: Scientific understanding like any understanding needs to be underpinned by the political courage/ independance to make and stand by sometimes controversial/unpopular decisions.

Agree with Belinda BG, we need politicians with the courage to say and do what may, at first sight, be counter-intuitive. But few MPs ever will because democracy, by definition, requires that they express what is popular.
This is one reason why the second chamber should be appointed from the chartered professions: we need a house of representatives (The Commons) to speak for public opinion, AND a Senate of those with the education, knowledge and experience to foster and promote logical reasoning.

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