Burying bad news: the defeat of People’s Democracy

boaty mcboatfaceThe elections have proved a good day to bury bad news. Not the minor issue of a government U turn on the decision to make all English schools become academies but rather the scandalous decision to defy the democratically expressed will of the British people.

I refer of course to the scandal of the naming of the new Polar Research Ship. This is going to be named RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough. Previous ships have been named after explorers such as Ernest Shackelton and James Clarke Ross.

The public poll announced to name the new ship resulted in a clear victory for RRS Boaty McBoatface which has now been dropped for RRS Sir David Attenborough. Apparently one of the new ships remote controlled submarines will be called Boaty but this is a poor substitute especially as the internet is now suggesting the much better name of Subby McSubface. The only hope is that there is now a petition to rename Sir David as Sir Boaty McBoatface.