Why, Retroid wonders, do people in this fine country of ours (yes, Cassandra, Retroid LIKES living here...B-) find it so necessary to spread the research funding monies around, to places where it probably won't get used well?

Consider the following article from the UK Times Higher Education Supplement, for which I am indebted to AJCann's Tweet stream:

 

And do you have a problem with that, asks Retroid?  You notice, they even use that wonderful term "research led"?

And if you have a problem - why?? 

Really, and as Retroid has plaintively asked before, why should good South African research institutions effectively be punished for being good?  Shouldn't some carrot be given, instead of the perpetual stick?

Might make a pleasant change.  But porcines might become airborne sooner.