In the article, Richard wrote:
God only knows how much money has been wasted on it.
Forgive my ignorance if this is a stupid question, as you know I don't live in the UK, but couldn't we find out this information from a well formulated FOI request?
The more people who know about these loonies and how much their loonie schemes have cost (and are still costing) the better, in my view.
No, it is not as easy as that.. Shed loads of money has been spread around on research projects, directly and indirectly related to the project, some part governmental funded, some joint funded with the EU. It is not at all easy to find out the sources, much less the sums paid and there is no single record. It would take a very substantial effort to come up with even an approximate figure.
Indeed Richard, and I figured it would be an almost Herculean task before I even posed the question.
It would probably take about 10,000 FOIs, salami style tactics, starting either bottom up or top down, to start to even get a rough idea. Mass crowdsourcing, a wiki like Sandy has set up to compile and make public the results, and much more besides. Is the 'Blog Army' up to the task? I don't know; but one thing - if JohndeF is correct and anyone, wherever they are and regardless of their relationship with or interest in the UK can ask FOI questions, then crowd numbers could work in our favour - the idea of a nomad from Outer Mongolia (probably freezing his bollocks off) being able to demand information about how all this money was spent, by whom, etc. is appealing.
For JohndeF. Could you please give me a link explaining my right as a UK Citizen (not that that seems to be a determining factor) living abroad can go about making FOI requests?. That would be very helpful as I (mistakenly) didn't get involved in the recent Council Tax / Baillif campaign as I thought I had no right. Do foreigners have the same rights to ask the French Government FOI questions?; that would be very interersting. In fact, does France have the equivalent of a FOIA? I've never come across it, but would like to make use of it. Do you have any useful links in this regards