All quiet on the Cabinet Office Front

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Many readers will recall Dr Ivan Horrock's guest post last month in which he highlighted the government's plans to restrict academic freedom to comment on policy when public funding had been used to undertake research. Ivan, I and a great many others were alarmed by this proposal; it became one of the best read posts in this blog's history.

Ivan followed up on the post with a letter to the Cabinet Office seeking elaboration on the detail of its plans. I also published that letter.

To date Ivan advises me that no reply has been received.

We will keep you posted, but I think we share the feeling that you should not hold your breath.