The latest Chemistry World online poll

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has gone live this week alongside a comment in this month’s issue.  Michael Brooks – the sole candidate for the Science Party, who was beaten to a seat in Westminster by an MP who believes in homeopathy and medical astrology – asks whether we should be worried about the small number of politicians with a good scientific understanding.

Your choices:

Yes – scientists are trained to analyse complex problems and think creatively to find solutions.

No – politicians have armies of scientific advisers, that’s what they’re there for. What we need to do is persuade the politicians to take notice of what their advisers say.

Doesn’t matter – enthusiasm and openness to science are more important qualities in a politician than actual scientific qualifications

So, head over to the homepage and cast your vote – the poll can be found at the top right of the page and will be running for the next two weeks, with roundups of the results at various stages.

Phillip Broadwith

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