The EU Commission is not unique in having decided to ignore evidence-based advice or in having fallen out with scientists. Both the Nixon administration and the Home Secretaries of the last Labour Government offer good examples of the tension that can erupt in such situations. Richard Nixon managed not to only abolish the post of Scientific Adviser to the President, but also to provoke the resignations of the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service of the United States and the Director of the National Institutes of Health. As Home Secretary, Alan Johnson famously dismissed Professor Nutt of Imperial College as Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs because of his views on the relative safety of regulated drugs, such as cannabis. Nonethelss, the EU certainly cannot be presented as some form of Weberian ideal type when it comes to science policy.
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