BBC: don’t know their GDP from their elbow

2008-10-03

Why do I subject myself to the horror that is BBC science reporting?

In this article about funding Kopernikus (you know, earth observation) says:

Then, the UK contributed just £11m for the entire first segment, or phase, of Kopernikus (the new name for GMES). This amounted to 4.5% of UK gross domestic product (GDP); industry had expected Britain to participate at around 17%.

Anyone with a gram of common sense could instantly see that this 11 million being 4.5% of GDP is just total nonsense. I’m sure there’s something going on that involves those numbers, but it’s not that. Probably Kopernikus has some sort of funding scale set according to a country’s GDP, but I couldn’t find out what it is, and this article certainly doesn’t make it clear.

Fucking arts graduates.

[2008-10-03: Corrected "countries" to "country's". Fucking maths graduates.]

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4 Responses to “BBC: don’t know their GDP from their elbow”

  1. ewx Says:

    They’ve changed it to: “This amounted to just 4.5% of the share of the cost of the programme based on the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP); whereas industry expected Britain to pull its full economic weight and participate at around 17%”

  2. drj11 Says:

    @ewx: Thanks for the update. I wonder if I did that?

  3. Nick Barnes Says:

    That’s obviously still bogus. What they mean, I think, is this: “This amounted to just 4.5% of the cost of the programme, whereas industry expected Britain to participate at around 17%, which would be a fair share based on each country’s gross domestic product (GDP).”

  4. drj11 Says:

    @NickB: Indeed. I had just run out of energy.


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