University research and development now outstrips that conducted by the private sector. It appears to be in part a function of the persisting importance of an aging manufacturing industry which has been in even steeper long term decline elsewhere in the UK. The overall trend in R&D is markedly downward.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty