The Higgs-boson

What do the Higgs-boson and the benefits of the UK’s membership of the EU have in common?

1  Both are elusive; neither can actually be seen.

2  Looking for them has already cost £billions.

3  The searches for both are entirely paid for by West European taxpayers.

4  The searchers are expensive people, who confidently expect their searches to set them up for life.

5  Every few years or so when the newspapers get restless about the cost and purpose, officials announce that the latest defining experiment or clinching deal will reveal all – but just in case it doesn’t, caveats are entered to the effect that more money may (i.e. certainly will) be needed.

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