That campaign to name a polar research ship Boaty McBoatface has hit the rocks, after a Government minister said he wanted something that ‘captures the spirit of scientific endeavour’.
Science minister Jo Johnson has said that the public had come up with some ‘very imaginative’ suggestions for names, which would all be ‘reviewed’. But his comment has left no doubt that he doesn’t regard himself as bound to follow the results of a public poll on what the bot should be called.
RRS Boaty McBoatface was the runaway winner in the competition staged by the Natural Environment Research Council, taking 124,109 votes, however, the research vessel is not guaranteed to be christened with the winning suggestion – that final decision lies with spoilsport Mr Johnson. The NERC say the name of the new research vessel would be announced ‘in due course’…. But the bets are on that it won’t be Boaty McBoatface.
What are the odds on that, a poll being called to vote for something and then when the results are in they do something totally different to what people vote for.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE BOAT SHOULD BE CALLED • Boaty McBoatface • Jo Johnson the Spoilsport • Something boring but scientifically important?