Safe — but dull

Andrew Lee is quite right in his editorial ‘Innovators need joined-up thinking’, particularly when he says civil servants are encouraged to avoid risk and stick with the known, the safe and the cheap.


Andrew Lee is quite right in his editorial ‘Innovators need joined-up thinking’ (Comment, 14 January) — particularly when he says civil servants are encouraged to avoid risk and stick with the known, the safe and the cheap.


What can we expect from a nation half of whose working population has one foot in the past, and the other both feet? ‘It won’t work,’ they chorus gleefully when faced with a new idea, then set about practising psychological sabotage to ensure it doesn’t.


No wonder other, forward-looking nations are beating us in every marketplace. Is it surprising that, frustrated by this attitude, our brightest young people are being driven abroad?


If I were a young scientist or engineer fresh out of university I wouldn’t stay here either.


Andrea Preston
Stafford