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Cambridge and the Royal Commission

Nature volume 110, pages 689690 (25 November 1922) | Download Citation



IN the current number of the Quarterly Review, Sir William Ridgeway publishes a critical account of the recent report of the Royal Commission. As is not unexpected, he differs fundamentally from the Commissioners on certain points. First of all he opposes the principle of accepting State grants with, as he suggests, “the uncomfortable corollary of State control.” He fears that this will be of the nature of “continuous administrative control” and that Cambridge will lose that liberty of spirit and initiative which have built up her present strong position in the scientific and educational world. Many of those who do not share Sir William Ridgeway's fears will agree with him that much trouble to all concerned will be saved, and some freedom from Parliamentary pin-pricks from cranks or extremists will be secured, if the grant which the Commissioners recommend can be charged on the Consolidated Fund.

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