Britain has spent over £70m developing some of the finest and most high-tech 8m telescopes in the world that look at the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Due to government science budget cuts, the project that we helped build, and of which we are a 23% owner will be out of bounds as we pull out of the project - just as the telescopes are finished and achieve their best potential. Just like the armed forces, science is very low on the gobment priority list in the UK. It would rather spend £26 billion pounds shoring up a Labour-friendly bank, or lesbian and gay quangos, or pump hundreds of millions of pounds into foreign government coffers in Africa so that their leaders can drive around in Rolls Royce cars. How long will this go on for?