Stem cell fudge

No, not a bizarre recipe, but Stephen Hawking’s description of the EU stem cell research funding compromise. As I understand it, the deal allows for continued EU funding with conditions.

This is at least an improvement on the US situation. Exactly what kind of democracy is it where the religious convictions and misconceptions of one man can override the wishes of two-thirds of the population and their representatives? I’m really tired of this misuse of the word democracy. A society in which you’re free to say what you want is not the same as a society in which you have a say. And that, I believe, is the problem with politics the world over in our time. We really have no say in what our leaders do, save for one vote every few years.